Would it not be a little redundant to point out that disturbing aspects of having police sitting there watching people on the TTC? What next, sub machine guns? They already have those in New York, and have for over a year as of this writing.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â But of course, this will begin in marginalized communities first, so those who live downtown TO will be able to safely deny and rationalize. For now.
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Natalie Alcoba, The National Post
March 4, 2010
If Toronto’s operating budget is approved, you’ll be seeing more police roaming buses and subways. Toronto police say there is a plan to replace a significant portion of the TTC’s security complement with 42 officers. There are already 40 police officers on transit. The information is detailed in a report that is before the Police Services Board next week, as it continues to fight for more funding from the city.
Toronto Police Service has a uniform strength of 5500 officers. Its 2010 net operating budget is $37-million more than last year – and brass say that’s largely due to an arbitrated salary settlement that they cannot control. City staff are asking police to cut $5.9-million off their $892-million net operating budget.
In the report, Police Chief Bill Blair says the only way the force can save on uniform officers is by not hiring replacement ones. It will cost $3.8-million to outfit and train 258 new officers this year. But eliminating all recruitment classes would force Toronto police to redeploy school resources officers, transit officers and some neighbourhood officers to front line primary response, he wrote.
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