Update: see previous post May 5, 2011 Toronto Police – Highest Paid in Country, September 21, 2010 Canada Revenue Agency review Toronto Police’ “Paid Duty” and “Free Parking”
City of Toronto’s Mayor Ford has told Toronto residents that there will be a huge financial shortfall next year and that he will have to find ways to save money, in order to keep taxes down next year. He ordered all of his departments to look for ways to reduce their budgets by five (5) per cent.
He has been calling for restraint.
He has just approved an 11.50% increase for the salary of Toronto Police, elevating their status to the highest paid police officers in the country.
In 2009 a report from the Auditor-General Jeff Griffiths urged the city to refine its paid-duty requirements.
According to the report, nearly $29-million was spent on paid-duty work in 2009, $7.8-million of which came from city coffers.
Councillor Doug Ford, the councillor that influences the decisions of his brother, Robert Ford, the Mayor of Toronto, doesn’t think that the money spent is a big deal.
The majority of the City of Toronto’s seven-member budget committee thinks that paid duty is an issue that must be reviewed and changed, with the exception of Doug Ford.
The committee voted to investigate the following methods of trimming paid-duty costs:
– Ordering the city manager to review the policy guiding the use of paid-duty officers at special events;
– Eliminating a rule that forces work crews to employ a police officer at any site within 30 metres of a traffic light;
– Exploring the idea of replacing some paid-duty police with civilian traffic wardens similar to school-crossing guards;
– Giving local councillors discretion over deciding if special events require police.
The police union doesn’t want the fund that it administers changed in anyway.
Toronto Police Paid-Duty Assignments:
Paid Duty Officers are hired on an hourly basis, with a three (3) hour minimum; i.e. even if required for only one (1) hour, the minimum of three (3) hours pay will be paid.
The current hourly rate of pay is:
Constables $65.00 (minimum $195.00)
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.)
Two years ago, in 2009, Toronto police worked 40,919 paid-duty assignments.