A heated debate is expected at the Police Services Board meeting Thursday afternoon, over a request for more money.
For the first time, the budget could total over $1 billion, which is sure to raise some eyebrows, since the City requested 1% in savings.
Chief Mark Saunders is expected to ask for another $27 million dollars.
The majority of the budget, about 90%, covers officers salaries and benefits.
A KPMG study, which was requested last year and will be made public at the December meeting, suggests several cost cutting measures for Toronto Police, including closing divisions and replacing them with storefront locations, and reducing platoon sizes.
The President of the Police Association says any budget savings have to be practical and make sense.
“I’m all for efficiencies and giving the public better service, but this whole notion that we can do this with less police officers is totally incorrect. We are already down 400 police officers, and what we are seeing is our officers being stressed, they’re not responding to calls in a timely way and service is going down. We’re concerned about that. KPMG coming in and saying we’re going to close divisions and shrink platoon sizes…that would have a dramatic impact.” -Mike McCormack to John Oakley, Wednesday November 11.