Policing for Revenue Generation

Toronto, Ontario

An epicentre of the New World Order agenda, gridlock traffic in smart grid system, the police state is imminent.

Chief Blair and Commissioner Lewis

Chief William Blair and Commissioner Christopher Lewis

Every year around  this time a series of stories are released about the Sunshine List.

With thousands of police making over $100,000 a year, the heads of the Toronto Police and Ontario Police have been making the media rounds to dispel the hype.

Appearing on CityNews, the Chief of Toronto Police Bill Blair mentioned some factors leading to the pay status, and when pressed on the 8 Parking Enforcement officers on the sunshine list, Blair explained that under a City program officers get called back for Extra-hours to generate for the City of Toronto:

“For every dollar the City spends on expenditure to bring those officers back on callback, those officers by virtue of the revenue generated from their tickets, generate about $7 in revenue. So there’s a very significant return on that investment. But they’ve earned that money simply because they’ve agreed to the City’s request to come in and work extra hours, in order to generate that revenue on behalf of the city.”

Chief Blair

So with a cost-benifit-analysis of $7 in revenue for every $1 in officer salary, it’s obvious that this is generating revenue for the city.

A new initiative involving an undercover police officer posing as a homeless person has got some accusing Toronto police of pulling a revenue grab. The HOBO-COP is placed at an intersection with a 2-sided sign, ‘I’ve got high hopes – Frank Sinatra’ when an inevitable distracted driver is found the hobo-cop flips the sign over to read ‘Hello I’m a Police Officer. If you are reading this you are about to get a cell phone ticket.’

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Toronto Sun scrawler Joe Warmington, who’s been on the ‘police beat’ for years weighed-in on the controversy, suggesting he’s not against the undercover tactic but that the fine was a little steep if all if takes is a quick glance at a phone while stopped at a red light, $280?

“Poor governments should not use police as a tax collectors.”

Joe Warmington – Opinion divided over Toronto Police ‘Hobocop’ campaign

Trouble is, the theories of revenue generation are behind the real problem, distracted driving. With the approach of ‘we must try something’ this scheme has been endorsed by the Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Chris Lewis, who appeared on The Late Shift, mentioned he’s not sure it’s the right tactic but lauded the officer for trying it.

 

“the whole concept that police are out to just generate revenue, and I’m not saying some police aren’t, ah but at the same time the goal should be that that officer doesn’t see a single person texting, doesn’t issue a ticket, then you know something’s working right.”
                                                Commissioner Chris Lewis on The Late Shift with Joe Warmington 

As Ontario has the highest debt-to-citizen ratio of any province in Canada it’s important to check out the neighbouring nation’s equivalent state in-debt California. An article in Police Chief Magazine includes some steps to maintain or expand police service through generating new revenue streams as a proactive approach to meet the fiscal crisis of today and the uncertain future of tomorrow.

Police around the World have been accused of tax collecting like the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Sheriff of Nottingham tax collector

Where’s all this leading? Parking enforcement earning, under covers using deceptive tactics to hand out increased fines, even the traffic cops are using areas with lower than usual speed limits to set up speed traps:

Toronto-speed-traps

Police speed traps rake in the dough when limits are too low: The Fixer

It’s clear that anyone who thinks the cost of driving in Toronto, Ontario, is going to decrease then I’m sure there’s a forrest of rubber tree plants on some swampland in Florida to sell you.

High Hopes!

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