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More than half of Toronto Police employees earned more than $100k in 2014

Chief Bill Blair is the city’s highest-paid cop earning $349,259.68 in 2014. Const. Virani Abdulhameed was next on the list with an income of $244,095.67.
Toronto police chief Bill Blair speaks to the media in Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO –  More than half of Toronto Police Officers earned more than  $100,000 in 2014 after paid-duty service was factored into the salary disclosure for the first time.

4,125 police officers made more than $100,000 in 2014. Just over 1,900 of those officers have a base pay of under $100,000 and make up the difference by overtime, paid-duty or attending court proceedings.

Only 2,983 officers made more than $100,000 in 2013.

Paid-duty is an increasingly common way for police officers to make extra money. They can be seen across the city guarding construction sites or directing traffic. Police officers earned an extra $27.1 million through paid-duty work in 2014, averaging out to roughly $8,900 per officer.

Chief Bill Blair is the city’s highest-paid cop earning $349,259.68 in 2014. Const. Virani Abdulhameed was next on the list with an income of $244,095.67.

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The chief administrative officer Tony Veneziano was the service’s third highest-paid cop with a 2014 income of $240,879.01.

And Deputy Chief Peter Sloly rounded out the top four with an income of $240,873.65.

The Toronto Police Services Board has asked Chief Bill Blair to review police salaries and paid-duty work and report back to the board in May.

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