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.