Ballooning Costs Threaten Effective, Affordable Policing

OAPSB calls on Political leaders to review rising costs

TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ -

NEWS 

The Ontario Association of Police Services Boards (OAPSB), the voice of civilian governance of policing in Ontario, is calling on all three Ontario political party leaders to commit to addressing the escalating cost of policing in Ontario.

In Ontario, the province and municipalities spend a total of $3.8 billion annually year on policing, and that cost is rising by 5-7% each year.

In a letter to the party leaders, the OAPSB has asked whether each party will commit to maintaining existing public safety grants and transfers, and whether they will undertake a comprehensive review of the costs of policing within one year of being elected.

QUOTES

"Without question, the top issue facing police services boards in Ontario is the rising cost of policing.  Over the last decade, the cost of running a municipal police service has increased exponentially.  Ontario communities are struggling with ballooning police budgets that are not sustainable.  That's why we're calling on all three party leaders to commit to a review of costs and the continuation of current grants."

—Alok Mukherjee, Chair of the Toronto Polices Services Board and President of the OAPSB

QUICK FACTS

  • The cost of running municipal police services has increased by 5-7% per year for the last decade.
  • This increase is due to rising labour costs, increased demands on police services, impacts of new legislation, trends in arbitration and other pressures.
  • The Ontario Association of Police Service Boards (OAPSB) is the leading voice of police governance in Ontario. Members include police services board members, police and law enforcement officials, and other persons involved in policing and public safety.
  • For more information: http://www.oapsb.ca/advocacy_postions/

SOURCE Ontario Association of Police Services Boards (OAPSB)

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