Paid Duty – Toronto Police Officers

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The new paid duty policy excludes construction on a street within 30 metres of a signalized intersection (close to a light standard with a green, amber and red light).

The Toronto City Council met on November 29, 2011 and made the decision to eliminate paid duty at construction sites, unless for emergency reasons it is necessary. The report that City Council adopted speaks to eliminating the specific requirement for hiring paid duty officers in the Transportation Services Division’s permits, documents, and policies.

 

To provide guidance on the use of police officers at Transportation Services Division projects, a new Memorandum of Understanding between the Transportation Services Division and the Toronto Police Service has been developed.

 

This report revokes the previous policy of requiring a paid duty officer(s) whenever there is construction within 30 metres of a signalized intersection be eliminated. To ensure safety of all road and right-of-way users, Transportation Services and Toronto Police Service staff and the applicant will discuss and determine the appropriate traffic control measures for the proposed construction project or street event.

 

These changes will reduce the requirements for paid duty officers at construction projects and street events resulting in savings to the City and taxpayers.

 

The minutes of the November 29, 2011 meeting can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Police, on “paid duty” receive anywhere between $65 to $84 an hour, for a minimum of 3 hours, to stand at construction sites.

The current hourly rate of pay (subject to change by the Toronto Police Association at anytime) is:
Constables

Toronto Police on Paid Duty at Construction Site receives anywhere between $65 to $84 an hour for a minimum of three (3) hours, even if construction site cancels request for the paid duty assignment

$65.00 (minimum $195.00)
(All classifications)

Sergeants

$73.50 (minimum $220.50)
(When in charge of 4 or more police officers)

Staff Sergeant

$82.00 (minimum $246.00)
(When in charge of 10 or more police officers; a Police Sergeant and a Staff Sergeant will also be required.)

Staff Sergeant

$84.00 (minimum $252.00)
(When in charge of 15 or more officers; a Police Sergeant and a Staff Sergeant will also be required and the Staff Sergeant will be paid at $82.00 per hour rate.)

The Toronto Police Service operates a paid duty system whereby off-duty police officers can be hired by organizations and individuals to perform certain police duties. Under the Uniform Collective Agreement, the constable paid duty rate is set by the Police Association. The paid duty rate has increased annually from $52 in 2004 to $65 in 2009.

In 2009, a total of 3,695 Toronto police officers worked 40,919 paid duty assignments, totaling 370,562 hours. Officers earned approximately $24 million in paid-duty income.

In addition, the Service received approximately $3.6 million in revenue from administrative fees and $1 million from equipment rental fees. Including these fees, overall 2009 paid duty fees totaled approximately $29 million.

Since the paid duty system enables police officers to gain secondary employment income, public funds should not be used to pay for system administration. The Toronto Police Service charges a 15 per cent administrative fee to recover the related administrative costs.

Current paid duty administrative processes are labour intensive and time consuming. Thirty-five full time equivalent staff members are involved in system administration. The estimated 2010 paid duty administrative cost was $4.6 million, while administrative fee revenue was approximately $3.6 million. Consequently, nearly $1 million of the Service’s operating cost for paid duty administration was not recovered from administrative fee revenue. Rather than increasing the level of administrative fees, the Service needs to take steps to reduce administrative cost by streamlining the process and improving efficiency.

 

Item

Tracking
Status

City Council consideration on November 29, 2011
PW9.7

ACTION

Ward:All

Review of Paid Duty
Officers’ Traffic Control Assignments
The General Manager, Transportation Services has submitted a supplementary report on this Item (PW9.7a with recommendations)
Committee
Recommendations

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

 

1.        City Council revoke the existing Memorandum of Understanding:
Guidelines for Paid Duty Police between Toronto Police Service and Transportation Services Division.

 

2.        City Council approve the new Memorandum of Understanding:
Guidelines for Road Occupancy Traffic Control outlined in Appendix A to the report (October 11, 2011) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

3.        City Council request the General Manager of the Transportation Services Division to remove all references to paid duty officers from permits, guidelines, and documents granted/owned/managed/used
by the Transportation Services Division and replace with appropriate traffic control requirements as summarized in Table 1 of the Memorandum of Understanding outlined in Appendix A to the report (October 11, 2011) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

4.        City Council request the Executive Director of Technical Services to remove all reference to paid duty officers from the “Standard Construction Specifications for Roads”, “Municipal Consent Requirements for the Installation of Plant Within City of Toronto Streets” and any other applicable document and replace with appropriate traffic control requirements as summarized in Table 1 of the Memorandum of Understanding
outlined in Appendix A to the report (October 11, 2011) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

5.        City Council request the General Manager of the Transportation Services Division to meet quarterly in 2012 with the Toronto Police Service to review the progress in the implementation of the new traffic control requirements policy and report as needed to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

 

6.        City Council amend Appendix A – Memorandum of Understanding: Guidelines for Road Occupancy Traffic Control, to the report (October 11, 2011) from the General Manager, Transportation Services,
to clarify how this Memorandum ought to apply to other emergencies requiring traffic control, by adding the following new Clause 5 under the heading “All Other Emergencies” and renumbering the subsequent Clauses:

 

ALL OTHER EMERGENCIES:

 

5.        In the event of any other type of emergency which presents an immediate danger to the health or safety of any person, including but not limited to the failure of buildings or parts of buildings, due to events such as fires, explosions, circumstances resulting in the collapse of buildings or otherwise, and which results in the need for traffic control, the required traffic control shall be provided by on-duty police officers for the duration of the emergency.

 

Where the City Division(s) having jurisdiction over and managing the emergency determine(s) that the emergency has passed in that the immediate danger to the health or safety of persons is removed and that restoration of the site can be initiated, said Division(s) in conjunction with Toronto Police Service shall determine if continued traffic control is required, and if so, whether the continued traffic control should
reasonably be provided by on-duty police officers or transferred to paid duty officers.

 

7.        City Council direct that:

 

a.        the Transportation Services Division’s approved construction plan be posted and maintained in a publicly visible location at all construction sites;

 

b.        City of Toronto Site Inspection Officers report any concerns or requests for amendments
to the approved construction plan and not permit any site changes until Transportation Services approves any revisions to the plan;

 

c.        all paid duty officers or persons hired for traffic control at construction sites be given a copy of the transportation construction plan; and

 

d.        public information be posted at every construction site indicating a City of Toronto number to call in regard to any traffic concerns related to that site.

 

8.        City Council forward this report to the Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto Hydro and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas for their consideration of further cost saving opportunities through the reduction of reliance on paid duty officers.

Committee Decision Advice
and Other Information
The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee referred Item 4 in Appendix A to the report (October 11, 2011) from General Manager, Transportation Services, to the General Manager, Transportation Services, for
further consideration of the logistical and cost effectiveness of the 3-hour guideline for attendance of paid duty officers at an emergency location and to report to City Council on November 29, 2011.
Summary

This report is in response to the Auditor General’s review of the Toronto Paid Duty Police Officer System and his recommendations related to the Transportation Services Division, as well as the direction given by the Audit Committee at its May 12, 2011 meeting.

 

This report recommends eliminating the specific requirement for hiring paid duty officers in the Transportation Services Division’s permits, documents, and policies. To provide guidance on the use of police officers at Transportation Services Division projects, a new Memorandum of Understanding between the
Transportation Services Division and the Toronto Police Service has been developed. This report recommends that the previous policy of requiring a paid duty officer(s) whenever there is construction within 30 metres of a signalized intersection be eliminated. To ensure safety of all road and right-of-way users,
Transportation Services and Toronto Police Service staff and the applicant will discuss and determine the appropriate traffic control measures for the proposed construction project or street event.

 

These changes will reduce the requirements for paid duty officers at construction projects and street events resulting in savings to the City and taxpayers.

Background Information
(Committee)
(October 11, 2011)
Report and Appendix A from the General Manager, Transportation Services, on
Review of Paid Duty Officers’ Traffic Control Assignments

(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-41882.pdf)
Background Information
(City Council)
(November 23,
2011) Supplementary report from the General Manager, Transportation Services on
the Review of Paid Duty Officers’ Traffic Control Assignment (PW9.7a)


(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-42570.pdf
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