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2011 TPSB Auditor General Report of Police Paid Duty

2011 TPSB Auditor General Report of Police Paid Duty

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Auditor General’s Office

Toronto Police Service Police Paid Duty – Balancing Cost Effectiveness and Public Safety

Transmittal Report Audit Report Management’s Response

Jeffrey Griffiths, C.A., C.F.E Auditor General, City of Toronto

AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT ACTION REQUIRED Toronto Police Service, Police Paid Duty – Balancing Cost Effectiveness and Public Safety
Date: To: From: Wards: Reference Number: March 23, 2011 Toronto Police Services Board Auditor General All

SUMMARY
In response to th
Auditor General’s Office

Toronto Police Service Police Paid Duty – Balancing Cost Effectiveness and Public Safety

Transmittal Report Audit Report Management’s Response

Jeffrey Griffiths, C.A., C.F.E Auditor General, City of Toronto

AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT ACTION REQUIRED Toronto Police Service, Police Paid Duty – Balancing Cost Effectiveness and Public Safety
Date: To: From: Wards: Reference Number: March 23, 2011 Toronto Police Services Board Auditor General All

SUMMARY
In response to th

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Auditor General’s Office
 
Toronto Police ServicePolice Paid Duty
 – 
 Balancing Cost Effectiveness and Public Safety
 
 
Jeffrey Griffiths, C.A., C.F.EAuditor General, City of Toronto
 
 
Toronto Police Service, Police Paid Duty 1
AUDITOR GENERAL’S
REPORTACTION REQUIREDToronto Police Service, Police Paid Duty
 –
BalancingCost Effectiveness and Public Safety
Date: March 23, 2011To: Toronto Police Services BoardFrom: Auditor GeneralWards:
All
ReferenceNumber:
SUMMARY
In response to the Toronto Police Services Board’s request, the Auditor 
Generalconducted an audit of the police paid duty system. The purpose of the audit was to assessthe operating effectiveness and efficiency of the paid duty system, and officer compliancewith police paid duty policies. The audit results are presented in the attached report
entitled “Toronto Police Service, Police Paid Duty
-Balancing Cost Effectiveness and
Public Safety”.
 
RECOMMENDATIONS
The Auditor General recommends that:
1.
 
The General Manager of the City Transportation Services Division review the currentpermit criteria for determining paid duty policing requirements, with a view todeveloping more effective criteria in delineating the need for paid duty policing intraffic control. Particular attention be given to an evaluation of the permit criterionrequiring paid duty officers when work is taking place within 30 metres of asignalized intersection.2.
 
The Chief of Police consider modifying the charging rate for a partial paid duty hour
such that Toronto’s charging rate is consistent with other large
police services.3.
 
The Police Services Board consider examining the feasibility and merits of the
Vancouver Traffic Authority Program as an alternative to Toronto’s current paid duty
system.
 
 
Toronto Police Service, Police Paid Duty 2
4.
 
The Chief of Police take steps to reduce current paid duty system administrativecosts. Such steps should include but not be limited to:a.
 
Exploring the use of information technology to replace manual procedures; andb.
 
Ensuring uniformed police resources are not used to perform clerical functions.5.
 
The Chief of Police take steps to track paid duty equipment rental costs includingdirect and indirect costs, and ensure costs can be fully recovered from equipmentrental revenue.6.
 
The Chief of Police evaluate the need to establish a maximum limit on paid dutyhours an officer can perform each year. Such an evaluation to take into accountresource requirements and risks of interference with the performance of regular policeduty.7.
 
The Chief of Police take steps to improve officer compliance with Service policyprohibiting paid duty assignments that conflict with regular duties including courtattendance.8.
 
The Chief of Police review and enhance monitoring procedures to identify instancesof non-compliance with paid duty policy requirements. Such monitoring proceduresshould include periodic review of regular duty schedules in conjunction with paidduty assignments. Instances of non-compliance should be addressed includingdisciplinary action where appropriate.9.
 
The Chief of Police review the current policy governing requirements for paid dutyofficers at special events, with a view to:a.
 
Ensuring consistent application of Service criteria in determining when paid-duty officers should be required for special events;b.
 
Including guidelines to promote a consistent and transparent approach indetermining the number of police officers, including paid-duty officers, requiredfor special events; andc.
 
Further maximizing the use of auxiliary members at special events wherepossible.10.
 
The Chief of Police, in conjunction with the General Manager of EconomicDevelopment and Culture and the General Manager of Transportation Services,develop criteria for determining film permit paid duty policing requirements. Suchcriteria be accessible to the film industry through permit documents or websites.

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