OAPSB calls on Political leaders to review rising costs
TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ -
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
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.
"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
—Alok Mukherjee, Chair of the Toronto Polices Services Board and
President of the OAPSB
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
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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