Toronto police facing staffing crisis: Union

Police chief dismisses prediction as negotiating scare tactic
||Last Updated: 09/08/2008

Nearly 1,300 Toronto police officers will be eligible to retire in the next five years and another 800 could retire immediately, which could lead to a staffing crisis, warns the Toronto Police Association.

However, Toronto Chief Bill Blair, who himself is eligible for retirement, said the union's dire predictions are only a scare tactic the union is using as part of contract negotiations.

Being eligible to retire doesn't mean the officers will leave the force, said Blair.