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In their rush to prepare for the Group of 20 summit, Toronto police skirted normal purchasing policy to spend more than $13-million on hotel rooms, meals, riot equipment and surveillance cameras, according to an expense report going before the police board Monday afternoon.

The time crunch leading up to the June summit - after the federal government announced that the G20 would be held in Toronto rather than Muskoka - meant there wasn't time to go through normal approval processes, the report says.

The deviation from standard spending procedures was done with the approval of the city and the police board, owing to the rush.

Police board chair Alok Mukherjee has said that rush is in large part to blame for the high cost of policing the summit. More than 1,000 people were arrested over the course of the weekend; thousands of police officers from multiple jurisdictions across Canada helped in security efforts.

"Given the short time period to plan for this event and the need to obtain goods/services to meet critical timelines, it was difficult for the Service to meet the various requirements, and also comply with the terms of the Board's Financial Control By-law," the report reads.

The budget includes $2,246,478.89 for "tactical safety headwear," including helmets, gas masks and eye shields. More than $5-million was spent on hotel rooms in the Delta Chelsea, Hyatt Regency, Metropolitan, Marriott and Renaissance Toronto hotels.

Leasing the film studios-turned-detention centre on Eastern Avenue cost $1,769,853.36; CCTV cameras and other fibre-optic materials cost $1,176,179.53; radio rentals cost $4,612,394.11; and food cost more than $2.2-million.

All these costs are being forwarded to Ottawa and the police services board has indicated it's optimistic the federal government will foot the bill.

In his testimony before a Commons committee on safety last month, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said almost 100 officers face disciplinary action after failing to wear proper name badges during the G20 weekend. Only one other person has been disciplined for not wearing a name badge properly since Chief Blair put the rule in place in 2006.

Multiple reviews of police conduct are ongoing, including an Ontario Ombudsman's report expected before the end of the year, and a civilian review headed up by former Ontario Associate Chief Justice John Morden.

The G20 also alleviated budget pressures for the cash-strapped police service elsewhere: Uniforms purchased for the summit weekend, the bill for which will be sent to the federal government, meant police didn't have to buy as many new uniforms for themselves; time spent "preparing for and policing" the G20 summit is also putting the force in a better financial position, the report says.

The police force takes up the largest chunk of the city's operational budget, clocking in at more than $888-million this year and expected to top $1-billion in 2011. The city is preparing to enter into contract negotiations with the Toronto Police Association even as mayor-elect Rob Ford has pledged to put 100 new police officers on the street at a cost of about $10-million (the savings, his campaign promised, would be found in cutting council in half - but that $9.3-million in savings won't materialize until after the 2014 election).

"I think that's where money should be spent. I think that's where people want their money to be spent - on hiring police officers," Mr. Ford said Monday morning. "I support the police. And I want this city to be safe. And I'm not going to tolerate any nonsense when I'm mayor."

With crime rates declining and the city struggling to make up a $258-million shortfall leading into the 2011 budget, critics say the police force should be scaling back rather than beefing up.