A specialised Toronto police crime fighting unit is to see it’s provincial cut by almost half.
The Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) was set up almost a decade ago, when public outcry following the so called summer of the gun prompted to province to respond.
It unit has received $5 million dollars in funding each year since it’s establishment but as of January 2016 that figure will be reduced to $2.63 million.
According to a spokesperson for the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Yasir Naqvi, the cut is part of a move to reduce funding to specific units and focus on crime prevention rather than reactionary policing.
Despite the cut, Toronto police will actually receive $4.7 million more in provincial funding for policing in 2016 than in 2015, with the service having control over how it is spent.