The Toronto Police Service has released its 2021 Operating Budget Request and report a concerning increase in hate crimes across the city.
According to TPS, the new figures show hate crimes have gone up 42% in the city over the past year.
Toronto Police will increase their focus on Hate Crime Teams, assigning more officers to “increase investigative capacity and strengthen the relationship between the Service and vulnerable communities.”
“Fighting crime and keeping people safe will always be our singular focus,” said Toronto Police Chief Jim Ramer.
“These reallocations reflect what we’ve heard loud and clear from Torontonians over the past year, and we are making real progress in responding to the public’s needs and expectations across a range of issues.”
In the last year, movements including Black Lives Matter and calls to defund the police have raised significant concern surrounding Toronto Police and their treatment of Black communities and other POC.
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As for the budget request, it will remain at $1,076,200,000, as they will not be requesting an increase over last year’s budget, claiming they will aim to do “more without asking for more.”
“This budget balances our obligation to provide the policing required of our growing, world-class city while recognizing the realities of the world today: Torontonians want to see a reformed, efficient service, and we intend to deliver on that regardless of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”