Police forced to cut staff to meet budget cuts: report
Published Monday, July 25, 2011 11:08AM EDT
The Toronto Police Service would have to lay off as many as 750 officers and 400 civilian staff members in order to meet the city's budget cut demands, according to a report on Monday.
The Toronto Star said that Chief Bill Blair has determined that layoffs would be the only way to cut $84 million, or eight per cent, from its budget.
Blair presented a report citing the number of layoffs to the police services board last week, but the board voted not to receive the file, according to the Star.
There are currently 5,598 uniformed officers and 2,068 full-time civilian workers on staff. The Toronto Police Service currently accounts for $977 million in city spending.
On Friday, Ford told CP24 that police spending would be looked at, but that cuts to the service were unlikely.
Ford said he wanted to protect the police service and that eliminating officers was "at the bottom of the list" of possible spending cuts.
The police service staff reduction was among scores of possible savings plans outlined by a core service review released over the past two weeks.