Toronto Police Services Board is voting in favour of implementing a new task force aimed at finding inefficiencies within the police force’s budget.
The vote comes after a review of the KPMG report that outlined a series of short-term and long-term suggestions with the goal of streamlining police operations.
The task force would be made up of a maximum of 12 people, including service members and external experts, headed by Toronto Police Services Board Chair Andy Pringle and Chief Mark Saunders.
Pringle told reporters on Thursday that the task force would consider the reports findings, and will also look into other suggestions put forward by the public.
“Ninety per cent of the budget is people. So $900 million out of a billion, any significant reduction is going to involve people. So we have to sit down and work with the association, because they want the best results too,” says Pringle.
Short-term recommendations include reducing premium pay and overtime, and temporary deferrals of ‘non-essential promotions,’ while mid-term suggestions include possibly outsourcing parking enforcement models and court security services.
Long-term recommendations have suggestions including outsourcing for HR, IT and finance positions. It also recommend a shift in staffing for the Toronto Police College from uniformed to civilian officers and from permanent unionized employees to sessional contract instructors in an attempt to modernize its operations.
Saunders says the force will also look into how to effectively deploy police officers.
Earlier this year, the board approved a $1 billion budget for 2016, which is an increase of 2.76 per cent, or $27 million, over the previous year.