The Toronto police will be recruiting 80 new officers in 2017, according to the Toronto Police Service Board (TPSB).
The new recruitment is part of the Human Resources Modernization plan, which will “focus on hiring to support community centric policing and diversity,” said the TPSB in a statement.
The decision will mean the end of the Toronto Police Services’ three-year hiring freeze.
“Due to the fact that attrition has run slightly ahead of the Task Force’s assumptions, 80 new uniform Police Constables will be recruited in 2017,” said the TPSB.
Last month, the Toronto Police Association (TPA) launched a website to inform the public about an “alarming series of cuts” that are affecting police staffing.
The website argued that Toronto officers “reached a breaking point” because of the 500 cuts that have been made since 2010.
The TPA estimated that by 2019 the Toronto Police Service would be cut to only 2766 officers, which is nearly a 20% decrease from 2010 staffing levels.