In our ongoing coverage of this important topic and hot off the press, it seems that, like so many other local police services lately, the OPP costing process in Aylmer ended officially ended at tonight’s council meeting in a 5-2 recorded vote. The old “economy of scale” argument that we keep reading from MidlandCommunity’s equally-anonymous authors is not proving to be accurate. According to Midland’s Mayor McKay’s blog, and in an unprecedented move, the OPP seems to have given Midland an extra month and extended the 6 month deadline into September.
The rhetoric from Roy Ellis and his group will spin into full fever pitch leading up to the long-overdue and eagerly anticipated public consultations to hear from the community about this process. When reading the ramblings of MidlandCommunity’s contemptuous posts attacking Midland’s police chief and some of his staff, it is clear to see that they continue to press council to make the move to OPP despite it costing hundreds of thousands more yearly, millions up front and with loss of service to the community. In their comparisons and attacks on Orangeville’s council for daring to keep their local police service, they fail to mention the key differentiator in that in Midland’s case, Midland Police is cheaper than the OPP. We have traced Roy Ellis’ contempt for local public safety back to the group’s origins and will share that with you soon.
Meanwhile we can add another community to the “rational” side of the checklist. The jury is still out on Midland and their plans for community policing.