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.

• About $18 million a year is spent on court security. How about privatizing some of these functions? There would be a 20 to 40 percent savings once this is done.
• Technology must be harnessed to not only improve service, but to save money in the long run. Using GPS, real-time mapping and dash and rear cameras can improve deployment, increase transparency and reduced paperwork costs.
• Logistics can be quite expensive too. Purchasing services, materials and equipment for the police force is put in few hands. By consolidating purchasing functions with other agencies, the government can save a lot of money.
• Using vehicles (fuel) can be quite expensive. How about maximizing foot patrols? About 20 to 30 percent can be saved once Toronto learns to downsize fleet patrols without sacrificing performance and service.

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