In my life team I have seen nearly every public service get defunded except the police, meaning people who would otherwise be housed, have mental care, or otherwise not be neglected end up in confrontations with the police. This is not working well for anybody. Yet defunding the police is an idea that people reject.
A website was built this past summer which showcases the absurd amount of money we give to the police throughout North America compared to social services that can actually help people.
The city of Toronto spends just over 25% of taxpayer dollars on funding the police. That’s a cost of $1.13 billion dollars.
This is comparable to the tax dollars spent on public transportation, the library, children services and public health combined.
Toronto is spending just under $3.3 million dollars per day on police services.
Toronto police are present in some—not all—schools in the Toronto Catholic School Board.