Shrinking The Police Budget


A review by KPMG revealed that the Toronto government could be saving a lot from its police budget if they only follow these simple tips:

• Use a more flexible deployment system by consolidating divisions and establishing strategic hubs. At least 220,000 hours per year can be saved once this is done. After it was found out that 16 percent of an estimated 1.9 million calls in 2013 were related to parking complaints, a suggestion to outsource all parking enforcement functions was made. If this is done, a total of $30 million in salaries and benefits can be put to better use.
• Since some duties of officers can be performed by civilian members, it is therefore suggested that the work of civilian members of the force be better enunciated. About $3 to $7 million can be saved at the Toronto Police College, where 85 percent of instructors are sworn officers, through shared labor, e-learning and partnering with other colleges and institutions.


Tower Dump Case Opens Privacy and Enforcement Issues


The case of R v Rogers, 2016 ONSC 70(Canadian Privacy Law Blog: Ontario court provides clear guidance on privacy and “tower dumps” in R v Rogers and Telus) raises issues about the privacy rights of Canadians and the Charter that creates them.

The summary of the said case goes as follows: the Peel Regional Police investigated a string of jewelry store robberies. They asked telecommunication companies to submit the records of all cellphone towers in the area where the crimes are being committed.