Jan 24, 2018

By Jane Brown

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Toronto’s mayor calls it beyond comprehension; a full page ad paid for by the Toronto Police Association which appears to blame John Tory for the wait times some residents have encountered when calling 9-1-1.

“It was kind of the old fashioned union boss bullying that used to go on, and I thought Mr. McCormack was beyond that, so the ad was very disappointing to me that it put the three of us, the Police Board chair, the mayor and the police chief in front of this clearly splattered and suggestions that we were laughing about 9-1-1,” said Tory Tuesday evening in Rexdale after a police modernization roundtable discussion.

Mayor Tory concedes there have been some problems with callers to 9-1-1 being put on hold, but he insists efforts are underway to address those issues. Police Association President Mike McCormack says the mayor needs to talk about this issue in a very honest straightforward way.

“That’s why we took out the ad. We’ve been trying to deal with the 9-1-1 issues of people calling 9-1-1 being put on hold, the lack of resources we have and there’s been no action to correct this,” said McCarmack who was also at the Tuesday evening roundtable.

McCormack says the issue facing the 9-1-1 dispatch centre is just part of a wider problem facing the Toronto Police Service as a whole. He insists that the number of front line officers has been reduced as part of an ongoing modernization effort without making the necessary investments in technology and other infrastructure that were supposed to accompany the cuts.

Listen for more on this hot button issue and have your say on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with guest host Jane Brown, Wednesday after the noon news.

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