April 18, 2016
Paid-duty officers. Councillors called for an end to a system that awards paid-duty police officers their regular pay for directing traffic at the beginning of the week. A report that was before Monday’s Executive Committee says 3,132 paid-duty officers were paid a total of $25,540,792 (the average amount per crossing guard per year, is $8,155). Then on Wednesday, the Toronto Police Services Board met, and accepted a report saying that 4,638 employees earned more than $100,000 — and almost half (1,900) do not normally make more than $100,000 from their base salary. The police agenda from Wednesday’s meeting does not make it clear what the reason is for this difference, and to what extent it’s a result of paid-duty activities like directing traffic. The Sun’s Maryam Shah reported that Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack called some of the comments at Monday’s meeting “inappropriate”. The Star’s Betsy Powell explained how paid-duty worked last year.
VIDEO: Councillors at the Mayor’s Executive call for a change to the system that allows paid-duty police officers to supplement their regular salary by directing traffic.
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