Report suggests changing Ontario laws to cut paid duty policing costs

A City of Toronto report recommends changing provincial laws so that people other than police officers could be allowed to direct traffic.

Under the current rules, only police are authorized to direct traffic and close highways, which often means hiring off-duty officers to supervise construction sites and street festivals.

The work – known as paid-duty – has been a political hot potato for decades.

The report says city divisions and agencies spent close to 1.5 million dollars in paid duty last year, but it would cost far less to hire special constables or other trained officials to do the work.

The Canadian Press

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