The Toronto Police Service is dedicated to delivering policing services, in partnership with our communities, to keep Toronto the best and safest place to be. Our purpose is to meet service objectives under the Adequacy Standards of the Police Services Act.

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Dedicated to delivering police services, in partnership with our communities and to keep Toronto, the best and safest place to live.

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The Toronto Police Service (TPS) is dedicated to delivering policing services, in partnership with our communities, to keep Toronto the best and safest place to be. Our purpose is to meet service objectives under the Adequacy Standards of the Police Services Act.

2018 Budget Summary

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $1,136.2 million gross and $996.326 million net.

Through attrition-based reductions, management actions to reduce costs, and increased provincial recovery for court security services, the TPS is able to achieve the budget target of 0% increase over the 2017 Approved Net Operating Budget.

Fast Facts

  • 2018 projected average deployed uniform officer strength of 4,870 as compared to an establishment of 5,448 officers.
  • Calls for service – approximately 1.8 million annually including emergency and non-emergency calls.
  • Total officer hours spent on calls for service – approximately 1.6 million hours annually.


  • Toronto is one of the safest cities in North America, and the Service has and will continue to work hard with its community partners and other stakeholders to keep it that way.
  • Toronto Police Service has seen an overall 3% increase in major crime indicators in 2017 based on August 31 year-to-date statistics as compared to 2016.
  • The number of murders and shooting incidents have both decreased in 2017.

Key Service Deliverables for 2018

The Toronto Police Service delivers adequate and effective policing services to keep Toronto the best and safest place to be.

The 2018 Operating Budget enables TPS to continue effective policing strategies through:

  • Crime prevention;
  • Law enforcement;
  • Assistance to victims of crime;
  • Public order maintenance;
  • Emergency response;
  • Performing investigative activities, particularly those related to cybercrime;
  • Being involved in and ensuring the safety of community initiatives or events; and
  • Addressing community safety issues, particularly those related to pedestrian and traffic safety, and police interactions with those experiencing mental illness.
  • Providing security for Provincial courtrooms within the City of Toronto.

Additionally, the 2018 Operating Budget focuses on the Board and Service Priorities, which include:

  • Safe communities and neighbourhoods;
  • Economic sustainability and operational excellence;
  • High quality, professional service to the community; and
  • Service delivery transformation.

Our Key Issues and Priority Actions

  • Continued decline of uniform and civilian staff levels due to a moratorium on hiring recommended by the Transformational Task Force has resulted in increased vacancies for Toronto Police Service.
    • 2018 Operating Budget for TPS reflects continued hiring moratorium except for planned recruits to address higher than expected staff turnover.
    • Hiring strategy over the next three years will be implemented including two classes, totaling 50 recruits to be deployed in 2018 after training is complete.
  • Alternate service delivery recommended by the Transformational Task Force will be implemented requiring strong collaboration between Toronto Police Service and City Programs.
    • Beach Lifeguard Program
    • School Crossing Guard Program
    • Diverting non-emergency calls to other City Programs and service providers
  • Further investments to acquire necessary expertise and capacity for the implementation of the Transformational Task Force recommendations to modernize and transform the Service.
    • TPS will need to address ongoing budget pressures in addition to Transformational Task Force related costs through implementing ongoing and upcoming modernization and transformation initiatives to mitigate the financial impact.

2018 Operating Budget Highlights

  • The 2018 Operating Budget for TPS is $1,136.2 million gross and $996.326 million net representing a 0% increase from the 2017 Approved Operating Budget.
  • TPS met the City Council approved budget target of 0%. Savings were identified through the following measures:
    • Salary and benefits reductions ($3.233 million); and
    • Revenue changes ($5.343 million).
  • 88% of the 2018 Operating Budget relates to human resource requirements and all staffing strategies have been incorporated.
  • Approved staff complement will remain flat at 7,881.0 from 2017 to 2018.

The Toronto Police Service has an asset inventory valued at over $1.1 billion. Police Facilities, Divisions (Stations) and Storage Facilities comprise approximately $822 million of the Service’s total asset inventory value and are managed through the Facilities Management Capital Budget. Furniture & fixtures, equipment, vehicles, radio and computer infrastructure and security systems account for the remaining $291.348 million supported through this Capital Budget and Plan.

The 2018-2027 Capital Plan of $523.283 million focuses on optimizing the facility footprint, improving quality, reliability and access to information as well as connecting officers with modern technologies as part of the modernization of the Toronto Police Service.

The 10-Year Capital Plan is transitional and also reflects a placeholder value for strategies to maximize the use of existing land or facilities by consolidating or relocating units where operationally feasible and to maximize technological advances pending implementation of the Transformational Task Force’s recommendations to modernize the Toronto Police Service’s service delivery model.

The 10-Year Capital Plan will increase future year Operating Budgets by a total of $2.599 million net, to sustain additional operating costs and maintenance fees resulting from the implementation of capital projects.

Where Does the Money Go?

The 2018–2027 Capital Budget and Plan totalling $523.283 million provides funding for:

  • Optimizing service delivery both internally and externally
  • Optimizing the overall facility footprint
  • Achieving additional efficiencies and value added services in TPS operations
  • Maintaining the SOGR of assets to ensure operational requirements are achieved
  • Improved quality and reliability and access to information for operational purposes

Where Does the Money Come From?

The 10-Year Capital Plan requires:

  • Debt funding of $220.442 million (42.1%) and meets the overall 10 year debt target.
  • Reserve/Reserve Funding of $263.867 million (50.4%) primarily fund TPS fleet and equipment inventory.
  • Development Charges $38.974 million or 7.5% of the total funds for projects that address population growth and service demands.

State of Good Repair Backlog

The 10-Year Capital Plan includes cash flow funding of $43.655 million for State of Good Repair to address the backlog associated with the TPS fleet and equipment only. The SOGR backlog as a % of asset replacement value will decrease from 8.7% in 2017 to 5.7% in 2027 based on planned investments.  SOGR Backlog associated with TPS facilities forms part of the backlog identified with the Facilities Management Program.

Our Key Issues and Priority Actions

  • Implementing the Transformational Task Force (T.T.F.) final report to transform facilities to support the new model of policing.
    • The 10-Year Capital Plan includes the Amalgamation of 54 & 55 Division and the design and construction of 41 Division.
    • The Facility Realignment project provides future facility placeholders in preparation for the implementation of Task Force Recommendations.
  • The Connected / Mobile Officer modernization by transitioning mobile technology with a proof of concept roll out and planning for future full implementation through use of the latest technological smart devices full application suite and e-notebooks.
    • In 2018, the TPS will proceed complete the proof of concept through the acquisition of 700 devices
  • Based on the pilot completed in 2016, the first phase of the Body Worn Camera project will move forward and the outcome will be considered with other Service priorities.

2018 Capital Budget Highlights

The 2018 Capital Budget for Toronto Police Service of $44.143 million, excluding carry forward funding, will:

  • Focus on the implementation of the final Transformational Task Force Recommendations by acquiring land, commencing design of new/consolidated 54/55 and 41 Division projects as the first steps in the phased facilities realignment ($3.195 million).
  • Continue the current communication radio lifecycle replacements ($4.779 million).
  • Continue with facilities SOGR to address critical backlog issues, maintain safety and condition requirements ($4.4 million).
  • Continue with construction of the Peer to Peer Site to ensure Service members have information available at all times for ongoing operations ($7.759 million)
  • Continue Transforming Corporate Support Project work for a comprehensive HR and Workforce Planning system ($1.3 million).
  • Continue with the Enterprise Business Intelligence project to develop TPS’s integrated business analysis capabilities and reporting ($1.0 million).

Toronto Police Service 2018 Budget Infographic
Toronto Police Service Infographic