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02/22/2016 10:55 EST | Updated 02/22/2017 00:12 EST

Ontario open to looking at ways to let municipalities cut police budgets: Wynne

TORONTO — Premier Kathleen Wynne says she is willing to consider letting municipalities use technology instead of police officers for traffic management.

Toronto Mayor John Tory met with the premier today and says he will be requesting that for the city, as well as being able to use non-police officers to guide traffic.

He is seeking the legislative changes as Toronto looks for ways to cut its $1-billion police budget.

But Toronto is just one of many municipalities that are trying to rein in ballooning police budgets and Wynne says it's "very possible" that some of the changes Tory is asking for would be applicable across the province.

She says she is open to looking at all of those options, but it needs to be a discussion that starts with the municipalities on the front line, and they should be approaching the province with specific requests.

Ontario is in the midst of a years-long process of looking at changes to policing and how to update the Police Services Act, which has not been substantially changed since 1990.

The Canadian Press