Update: see previous posts – May 31, 2011 City of Toronto to Review the Elimination of 500 Police Officer Positions, May 11, 2011 Mayor’s Brother/Right Hand Man – Defends “Paid Duty” for Police, May 5, 2011 Toronto Police – Highest Paid in Country
The Toronto Police Services Board has began to implement comprehensive restructuring to create a leaner organization, with the objective of reducing the 2012 police budget by $84 million dollars.
All city departments have been asked to reduce their budgets, up to 10% of their annual operating costs.
In an effort to reduce costs, Toronto Police Service’s highest-ranking officers and civilian managers are being offered buy-outs.
In an internal memo circulated Friday, the civilian board overseeing the force offered voluntary exit packages to a number of senior officers and civilian managers.
The board is hoping 18 employees — who rank from inspectors to staff superintendents, just two ranks below police chief — will take the buyout, trimming $2.8 million from the salary budget.
“We felt it important to start at the top,” he said. “Symbolically it’s important that the first group that we looked at are the senior managers.”
The offer is open to employees free to retire next year, allowing them to leave with a pension by Aug. 31. The positions left vacant will not be filled, and are in addition to previously announced retirements.
Eligible civilian employees include members of the Senior Officers’ Organization who serve in managerial roles.
Mukherjee is hopeful the offer will help avoid other measures, such as layoffs.
“We need to and we are looking at all options, which includes hiring freeze and freeze of promotions, and not replacing people who leave voluntarily through retirement or resignation,” Mukherjee said.
The cuts are also being made higher up because that will have the least impact on front-line policing, Mukherjee said.
In January, $7.6 million was cut from the police budget by deferring the replacement of all officers and civilian employees who leave the service this year.