Toronto Police Services Board Approves Budget Proposals
At its meeting today, the Toronto Police Services Board approved budget proposals for the Toronto Police Service operating and capital budgets, the Parking Enforcement operating budget, and the Board’s operating budget. These approved proposals accepted the Board’s Budget Committee recommendations, which were made following a public meeting on December 5, 2019.
The Board-approved budgets will now be forwarded to Toronto City Council’s Budget Committee for consideration in the City’s upcoming 2020 budget process, commencing in January 2020, where Chair Hart said “I am confident that Toronto City Council will give the item due consideration.”
The Service’s operating budget, if approved, will include the hiring of 341 new officers, of which 140 will be assigned to Priority Response Units (P.R.U.) across the City, as part of a new shift schedule, to address increases in calls for service and response times. The Board has played a key role in the shift schedule reforms, along with the Service and the Toronto Police Association. The move to a new shift model will create a positive impact across Toronto, with more officers available to the public when and where they are needed the most, including in responding to calls for service and also generally increasing the time each officer has to spend on proactive community safety and engagement activities. The new shift schedules also emphasize the wellness of Service Members.
The Board recognizes the challenging economic climate in which we currently operate, and believes the budgets it is sending to Toronto City Council make fiscally responsible, targeted investments in front-line response, community policing, and specific initiatives that enhance public trust and accountability. As Chair Hart noted: “The budgets the Board has approved today have been developed in a dynamic period where we continue to be focused on modernization and organizational change while at the same, mindful of the importance of fiscal responsibility. As a Board, we understand that Toronto is experiencing significant growth, along with increasingly complex law enforcement challenges. We also understand that the public expects professional policing when and where the public needs us, and an approach that relies on innovation and technology to deliver more effective and efficient services. We believe that these budgets fulfil the expectations of the public, delivering trusted and effective service in response to the increasingly complex needs of Toronto’s communities.”
Key Facts for 2020 Proposed Budgets
Toronto Police Service Operating Budget
- Budget amount approved by Board - $1,076.2 Million
- Percentage increase in requested budget – 3.9%
Toronto Police Service Capital Budget
- Budget amount approved by Board - 2020 net request of $21.7M and gross amount of $50.3M (excluding cash flow carry forwards from 2019), and a net total of $202.9M net and $587.2M gross for the ten-year period
Parking Enforcement Unit Operating Budget
- Budget amount approved by Board - $49.2 M
- Percentage increase in requested budget – 4.1%
Toronto Police Services Board Operating Budget
- Budget amount approved by Board - $1,930,400
- Percentage increase in requested budget – 1.4%
The Toronto Police Services Board is the civilian body responsible for governing the Toronto Police Service. The Board is responsible for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services in the City of Toronto,
setting priorities and objectives for the Toronto Police Service,
approving the annual police budget and selecting the Chief of Police.
Sandy Murray www.tpsb.ca
Senior Advisor, Toronto Police Services Board