Toronto police deputy chief Peter Sloly said Wednesday he was 'surprised' by the reaction to his criticisms of the current state of police operations and budgeting.

On January 15, Sloly told attendees at an event at the MaRS Discovery District that policing will be "exponentially costly" until it stops "being focused and driven on that reactive enforcement model."

Sloly also said the force could "drop ourselves by several hundred police officers, which represents tens of millions of dollars" by leveraging technology and "big data," the Toronto Star reported.

"The things I was talking about are the things the mayor's been talking about, that our chief and the command have been talking about, that I've been talking about for over a decade," Sloly said while speaking to reporters at the Toronto Police College. "And I'm surprised that people were surprised by those comments.

"They weren't new to me and they weren't new to the people leading progressive change in policing right across this city and right across this country," he said.

Sloly, who had been on vacation since making the comments, said, "Last week, my furnace blew up and my roof was leaking and so I had to take a few days to get my house sorted out." 

Sloly's comments about the police budget came under fire from Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack, who called them "inflammatory" and "self-serving."

"To me, (Sloly's comments) are very suspect," McCormack told CBC News on January 19. "Why would he be making those comments now when he was the deputy chief in charge of field operations for the last six years? Not once have we heard from him about possible reductions or options in reducing the size of the force.

"And that's why it appeared to be nothing more than sour grapes or an agenda."

Last year, the Toronto Police Services Board passed over Sloly and hired Mark Saunders instead as the replacement for Chief Bill Blair, whose contract wasn't renewed.