Board to review Toronto police paid-duty system

Councillor and board member Mike Del Grande says there have been many abuses of the system

The Toronto Police Service Board has voted to review the paid-duty system.

Police Chief Bill Blair announced there will be an internal investigation into the allegations made at the meeting.

Councillor Mike Del Grande plead to the board that there are numerous serious allegations in regards to moonlighting that would be criminal in nature, if they were to be investigated.

Del Grande says there have been instances where officers would provide security at community events and tell organizers how many paid-duty officers were required. There were also allegations that officers would expect free tickets to the events for them and their family or friends.

Last year, off-duty police officers earned $26.1-million. 3,000 police officers earned over $100,000 last year.

Del Grande told the board, that when he was budget chair for the city in 2010-2011, "there wasn't anyone close to us," when examining paid-duty in police departments across the country.

Councillor Frances Nunziata, who is also a civilian member of the board, expressed disappointment that the hourly paid duty rate was bumped up by 4.6 percent this year. That means officers will earn $68 an hour instead of $65.

Councillors Del Grande, and Michael Thompson and are part of a paid-duty sub-committee who will discuss the issue with various community groups and report back to the board on July 17.

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