Toronto city council votes against cut to police budget, for body-worn cameras by 2021

Toronto city council has voted in favour of a series of reforms that could alter the future of policing in the city, including the creation of a non-police response team for mental health calls and a mandate to require all officers to have body-worn cameras by 2021.

However, the changes do not include a targeted reduction of the policing budget.

Coun. Josh Matlow's motion, backed by Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam, called for a 2021 police budget at least 10 per cent lower than what was approved this year and a reallocation of the savings toward community services. The motion failed by a vote of eight to 16.

Toronto Mayor John Tory's motion requiring all officers to have body-worn cameras by Jan. 1 passed by a vote of 17-7. According to the Toronto Police Service, the project would cost between $2 and $3 million to start and up to $50 million over 10 years to implement.

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