In 2011 the new city administration ordered the city manager to find ways to controlcity spending and we , Torontians were consulted as part of the Core Service Review , This whole exercise have for objective to find services efficiencies, in all the City’sDepartments . The current numbers of Police officers on payroll are nearing 5,588 which combinesCivilians and Officers , almost half of them perform administrative and support roles.In 2011 in my deputation to the T.P.S , I stressed out the current disparity ratio of T.P.S officers versus city population. This information was provided to the Board on bythe Chairman on July 18 2011 as well.I also spoke in regards the “Paid Duty” issue as you may know it is absolutelyridiculous to pay an officer $65.00 dollars an hour , I believe City Council is expectinga solution plan from the T.P.S Board to address this “gravy train”,
Yes , dearCouncillors this is the mother of all of the “gravy trains
” and the City Auditorscolded the board for such a wasteful practice. Also noted are the outrageous“Premium Pay” for court appearance on off days by T.P.S Officers, the unnecessaryuse of two officers on a car patrol, among other things reported concerned Torontonians have told the board to find Service efficiencies within their 1 Billionbudget.As a matter of interest, On July 19 2012 a controversy arose due to the hiring of additional staff for the Human Resources Branch. Councilor Nunziata was not pleasebecause of the previous commitment by the board to find ways to merge orcentralized H.R within the city of Toronto to avoid duplicity of services.
The City must step in to ensure the board find those service efficiencies as stated onthe Ernst and Young report to the Board.
Budget Chief, Councillor Del Grande appeared last August 15, 2012 to remind theboard of their commitments to find a 10% reduction as expected by the City and Toronto Taxpayer’s
Repeating again my deputation to the T.P.S board back in 2009 , You ( T.P.S ) are a sacred cow that bully scoffing needed money for other city’sservices, and that is the message that Councillor Del Grande in my opinion expressedto the T.P.S Board not necessarily in that context my apologies. Nevertheless the T.P.S does create a ripple effect and all the other city departments that provideservices to Torontonians. I will provide a good example. A single playground cost thecity $125,000 to build, imagine if the money scoundrel for “off duty pay” can betransferred, Just imagine One Million Dollars, to build eight (8) playgrounds aroundthe city. As you know Toronto population is growing, Scarborough may have theneed to build “Splash Pads” in parks and community centers to satisfy the demand of our young population that is increasing.