Today (March 16), the Toronto Star reported more than half of Toronto Police Service (TPS) employees are earning more than $100,000 a year.
According to a database of public-sector salaries, 4,125 Toronto police officers took home six-figure salaries in 2014.
That’s prompted the civilian police board to request that Chief Bill Blair conduct a review of staff compensation.
A quick look at Vancouver Police Department numbers reveals the same situation here in B.C.’s largest city.
On February 18, the Straight reported that the number of Vancouver cops earning over $100,000 doubled over the course of the last five years.
In 2008, 347 VPD employees earned six-figures, according to remuneration documents released on an annual basis. Five years later, 794 officers made more than $100,000 per year.
According to the VPD’s latest annual report, in 2013 the force employed 1,716 people (including both sworn and civilian members).
That puts the proportion of VPD officers paid more than a hundred grand a year at 46 percent.
Police (and firefighter) salaries have come to cost the City of Vancouver so much that in its budget for 2015, they're listed as accounting for one percent of a 2.4-percent property-tax increase.
“It is anticipated that this pressure will continue in future years as public safety arbitrated results continue to drive costs higher than inflation and other bargaining units,” that document adds.
Looking at the trajectory of past VPD wage increases, it’s obvious it won’t be long before Vancouver passes the same 50-percent threshold that Toronto is talking about today.
Will there be a review of VPD salaries?