The 2016 police budget will be increased by 2.7 percent after the Toronto Police Services Board voted in favor of the hike. That’s an increase of 2 and 3 quarters percent or 27 millions dollars.
Now passed by the board it will go to city council for approval.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders says his promise to modernize the force will not happen overnight, saying its going to take a lot of process to do it, and he wants to do it right. Saunders he will not make change for the sake of making change, but rather change that is sustainable and enhances safety.
The approval of the budget comes as the Police Services Board prepares to consider a KPMG report next month that reportedly proposes drastic cost cutting measures, including the closing of all 17 divisions and replacing them with so-called “storefront” operations.