The Toronto Police Service submits proposed 2020 Budgets,
Invests in people and technology to meet the needs of a growing, complex city
Broadcast time: 17:25
Friday, November 29, 2019
Chief Mark Saunders has submitted the Toronto Police Service’s (Service) proposed 2020 Operating and Capital Budgets and 2020 Parking Enforcement Operating Budget to the Toronto Police Services Board (Board) Budget Committee. These budgets will support the Service in delivering modern, strategic policing to meet the growing needs of the City of Toronto.
“Our budget is about investing in people, communities and technology to meet the needs of policing a growing city,” said Chief Mark Saunders, “The Service will continue to focus on intelligence-led policing and deployment to ensure we are where the public needs us most. We are investing in both our uniform and civilian people and serving our communities. We are adding resources to improve public safety, address pedestrian and traffic safety, and building stronger partnerships through the expansion of our Neighbourhood Community Officer Program.”
The Service has a track record of fiscally responsible budgets. The Service managed 0% budget increases in 2017 and 2018 and delivered $100 million in efficiencies in that time while also implementing The Way Forward, its modernization plan.
The 2020 operating budget request totals $1,076.2M ($1,221.2M gross), which is a 3.9% (or $40.8 M) increase over the 2019 approved budget. Most of the increase (2.8% of the 3.9% or $28.9M) will be allocated to meet the requirements of the new collective bargaining agreements, as negotiated between the Toronto Police Association, the Senior Officers’ Organization and the Board. One percent ($11.1M) of the total will fund investment in new or enhanced initiatives, and the budget also includes the hiring of 341 officers in 2020.
The Service has reduced its premium pay request by $6M from its 2019 budget. The Service’s new shift schedules and investment in additional officers will assist in reducing the need for officers to work beyond normal hours or for extended tours of duty.
• Priority Response Unit Officers: the addition of 140 new police officers to address the rising number of calls for service and major crimes. New shift schedules will allow the Service greater flexibility to be where the public needs us the most. The collaborative work that has occurred between the Toronto Police Association (T.P.A.), the Board and the Service has allowed a joint development of shift patterns that will provide better service to the public, while also addressing officer preference and wellness.
• Traffic Services Enforcement Team: Eight new traffic officers will be added to the current 120 in order to support the City of Toronto’s Vision Zero 2.0 Strategy and act as a dedicated traffic enforcement unit. Traffic Services officers investigate collisions and enforce traffic laws on a daily basis.
• Neighbourhood Community Officers Program: The Service will expand to an additional 10 neighbourhoods, bringing the total to 43 with the addition of 40 net new Neighbourhood Community Officers, bringing the total to 175 officers to increase public safety and improve trust.
• Equity, Inclusion and Human Rights Positions: five new positions to develop and embed new equity and inclusion policies and practices to build a strong workplace culture and community partnerships. This unit is tasked with implementing the new, legislated Race Based Data Collection Program.
• Body Worn Cameras: The new technology will assist in ensuring transparent police and community engagement. This initiative is aligned with and will enable the Service’s commitment to maintain and enhance public trust and accountability, as part of its commitment to deliver professional and unbiased policing.
A growing, urban city requires the strategic deployment of officers. The Service is currently implementing new shift schedules to help be where the public needs us the most. The objective is to help the Service respond to increasing calls for service and to increase proactive community safety and engagement activities.
Together with the Board, the Service is enhancing its plans, in concert with three levels of government, for a sustainable approach to gun and street gang violence, building on the work of the Gun and Gang Unit and Project Community Space.
“Public safety in a city where population and density increases annually, requires innovation and investment. This budget proposes key investments to improve our ability to react and plan for public safety priorities in a complex city,” said Chief Saunders.
To view the 2020 Budgets, please visit https://www.torontopolice.on.ca/budget
Corporate Communications, for the Office of the Chief