Midland’s Police Chief, Mike Osborne has a blog on the police website. We routinely follow news sources and press releases but for some reason this blog had gone un-noticed.
The Chief’s preamble states “This forum is where I will endeavour to answer the most common questions that I am asked about policing the Midland community. I will be picking from questions asked of me using this online form and speaking to issues that I see as important topics based on their presence in local media and their emergence in public discussion.
I look forward to sharing my perspectives along with operational truths in the spirit of community policing, transparency (where not prohibited by law) and objectivity.”
It is no secret that we cover the OPP police costing process with much interest and remain supporters of local community-based policing. Naturally, if it turns out that the community can get the same or better service by outsourcing policing to the OPP, then we would have no logical argument against that move – after all, tax dollars are tax dollars and money does not grow on trees.
Statements by our Mayor such as “Last year, Policing represented 27.5% of the municipal budget, the largest share of any department. McKay adds, “The proportional growth of this number is also of concern to Council, as just five years ago the police budget represented only 16-18% of the annual budget.” don’t seem to align with the Chief’s numbers. There is a disconnect somewhere.
We will be following the chief’s blog with interest as the costing process ensues and will play our part in making sure that our local cops get a fair comparison in what has been and remains a bit of a shell game when trying to compare apples to apples when one of the fruits is more closely connected to an ORNGE.
Visit his blog: http://www.police.midland.on.ca/chiefs-blogs