Dec 11, 2012

By Scott Walker

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Toronto’s Police Chief says there will likely be fewer officers on the streets next year.

The Police Services Board has told Bill Blair he can’t have any more money to run the department in 2013.

Blair says the freeze on his budget will mean 326 fewer officers on patrol next year.

Blair was asking for an additional $19-million for next year, primarily to help pay for negotiated pay raises. Police Services Board Chair Alok Mukherjee says the Chief has a number of reviews by consultants that will help him find savings.

Blair says a hiring freeze could reduce the force’s strength to almost 600 below the force’s approved level.

The city is awaiting an independent review of how many officers Toronto actually needs.

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