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David Soknacki says he will sit on Police Services Board if elected mayor

Soknacki says he will cut $65-million annually from Toronto Police budget.

Mayoral hopeful David Soknacki says it’s time to change the way the city of Toronto is policed, starting with the bloated budget.

During a news conference on Wednesday, Soknacki announced that he will take a seat on the Toronto Police Services Board if he is elected mayor in October and will lead the charge to cut $65-million or more every year from the nearly $1-billion police budget.

“My plan will actually help the fight against crime since we can modernize police practices in line with changes in place in many other cities.” said Soknacki.

The former city budget chief said police budget increases are the largest single challenge for the city of Toronto, despite statistics showing that crime rates are falling. 

The mayoral hopeful says the details of his policing plan will be released in the coming weeks, but took aim at the Toronto Police shift model that pays officers for 28-hours, in a 24-hour day.  Soknacki says changing the shift policy alone would save $25-million. 

Soknacki also called for a full strategic review of policing in Toronto saying it’s time for this city to re-examine what it expects from its police officers.

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  1. ToddK_2 posted on 08/06/2014 03:01 PM
    Government Unions stand in the way of progress, sensibility and sustainability. Nuff 'said. Ask any other politician who touts sensible cuts to create a well oiled and running Government.
  2. frankling posted on 08/14/2014 12:40 PM
    Underpaid politicians who take abuse from the public do not bargain very hard on behalf of taxpayers. It's not the fault of union, but governments for selling us out. We need to boot them from office and also pay new polticians about $50K a year more.
  3. frankling posted on 08/14/2014 12:40 PM
    Underpaid politicians who take abuse from the public do not bargain very hard on behalf of taxpayers. It's not the fault of union, but governments for selling us out. We need to boot them from office and also pay new polticians about $50K a year more.
  4. frankling posted on 08/14/2014 12:41 PM
    But David Soknacki and Karen Stinz should be on council.Mr. Soknacki has some terrific ideas, such as this one.
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