Num­ber crunch

half a dozen po­ten­tial sav­ings iden­ti­fied in KPMG’s re­view of Toronto po­lice

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14 Six ways Toronto po­lice can save big dough now


KEY FIND­ING Cops are run­ning around like chick­ens with their heads cut off an­swer­ing non- emer­gency calls for ser­vice. ABOUT 16 PER CENT of the ap­prox­i­mately 1.9 mil­lion calls for ser­vice in 2013 were re­lated to park­ing en­force­ment com­plaints. ABOUT 60 PER CENT of a front­line of­fi­cer’s time is spent on non- emer­gency calls, while over­all crime rates have de­creased by 23 per cent since 2003 – vi­o­lent crimes by 16 per cent and homi­cides by 19 per cent re­spec­tively. PO­TEN­TIAL SAV­INGS IN THE MEDIUM TERM ( one to two years) 220,000 hours per year can be saved by us­ing a more flex­i­ble de­ploy­ment sys­tem, con­sol­i­dat­ing divi­sions and es­tab­lish­ing strate­gic hubs. $ 30 MIL­LION in salaries and ben­e­fits can be saved by out­sourc­ing all park­ing en­force­ment func­tions.


KEY FIND­ING Sworn of­fi­cers are do­ing work that can be per­formed by civil­ian mem­bers of the force. PO­TEN­TIAL SAV­INGS IN THE MEDIUM TERM ( one to two years) The Chicago In­spec­tor Gen­eral’s Of­fice es­ti­mated that that city’s po­lice depart­ment could save $ 6.4 mil­lion to $ 16.6 mil­lion by re­plac­ing armed of­fi­cers with civil­ians in 292 non- en­force­ment po­si­tions. 18 PER CENT of 416- area po­lice forces are us­ing civil­ians for crime anal­y­sis. 39 PER CENT of 416- area po­lice forces are us­ing civil­ian vol­un­teers for non- en­force­ment func­tions such as po­lice dis­patch and lab­o­ra­tory work. ABOUT 30 PER CENT of the to­tal TPS work­force is made up of civil­ians, but sworn of­fi­cers con­tinue to do the over­whelm­ing num­ber of desk jobs at po­lice divi­sions, where civil­ians typ­i­cally make up 1 to 5 per cent of the work­force. $ 3-$ 7 MIL­LION can be saved at Toronto Po­lice Col­lege, where 85 per cent of in­struc­tors are sworn of­fi­cers, through shared labour ( us­ing ses­sional teach­ers), e- learn­ing and part­ner­ing with other col­leges.


KEY FIND­ING Cops are blow­ing a wad, about $ 45 mil­lion a year ( in­clud­ing a sub­sidy from the prov­ince of some $ 18 mil­lion a year) on court se­cu­rity. PO­TEN­TIAL SAV­INGS IN THE MEDIUM- TERM ( one to two years) Pri­va­tiz­ing some or all court ser­vices func­tions would re­sult in “sig­nif­i­cant” sav­ings, but no dol­lar fig­ure is spec­i­fied since that amount would de­pend on which ser­vices were out­sourced. 20 TO 40 PER CENT SAV­INGS on salaries alone if court se­cu­rity is pri­va­tized, ac­cord­ing to the Civic Pro­tec­tion In­sti­tute.


KEY FIND­ING Rapidly evolv­ing tech is not be­ing har­nessed to stream­line op­er­a­tions. • Hal­ton Re­gional Po­lice use GPS re­ceivers in all cruis­ers to dis­patch the near­est cruiser to calls.

• Seat­tle po­lice have real- time map­ping of emer­gency calls to help make de­ploy­ment de­ci­sions. • York Re­gional Po­lice equip all cruis­ers with dash and rear cam­eras that can record in­ter­ac­tions with the pub­lic up to 300 me­tres away. PO­TEN­TIAL SAV­INGS IN THE LONG TERM ( two- plus years)

• Im­proved de­ploy­ment; in­creased trans­parency; re­duced costs as­so­ci­ated with pa­per­work.


KEY FIND­ING Too much of the depart­ment’s pur­chas­ing of ser­vices, ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment is in too few hands. $ 100 MIL­LION in an­nual spend­ing is man­aged by five civil­ians in the TPS’s Pur­chas­ing Sup­port Ser­vices. PO­TEN­TIAL SAV­INGS IN THE LONG TERM ( two- plus years) Sav­ings can be made by con­sol­i­dat­ing pur­chas­ing func­tions with other city agen­cies.


KEY FIND­ING TPS needs to re­duce its re­liance on ve­hi­cles and ex­plore other ser­vice de­liv­ery meth­ods ( i. e., de­ploy more foot pa­trols). $ 27.3 MIL­LION ( not in­clud­ing fuel costs) was spent on fleet main­te­nance in 2014 ( 37 per cent of that in labour costs). AN­OTHER $ 5.3 MIL­LION was spent on re­plac­ing ve­hi­cles. PO­TEN­TIAL SAV­INGS IN THE LONG TERM ( two- plus years) 20 TO 30 PER CENT re­duc­tions in ve­hi­cle fleet sizes have been achieved by other po­lice forces with­out neg­a­tive im­pacts on per­for­mance.


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