In a post on a councillor’s facebook page this morning, he shared an open letter from the Midland Police Association, which is the union representing the local police staff.
The letter seems to dispel the notion that they (the police officers and staff) want to be disbanded in favour of being taken over by the OPP. We’ve seen that reported or referenced in several social media posts but never by any of the members themselves. By even the most rudimentary math, based on the public safety comparison checklist that is available as a resource on the town of midland’s website, it is far cheaper to keep the local police and the service levels are simply better and all-inclusive in the lesser costs of local policing.
We’ve asked ourselves and the community time and time again, why this process was allowed to continue, at our expense ($75,000 in consultant fees), when the quote showed no savings. Seems Councillor George MacDonald was right again, when he joked that Council lends consultants their watch to be told what time it is… and then pay the invoice that follows.
If you support a local, less-expensive and all-inclusive police option, then time is running out to make your opinion known to your elected officials who will vote on this matter in the next month. The OPP gave Midland until August 8th to accept or decline the quote, although the Mayor promised us all an open and transparent process and a decision within three months… which have long since expired since February 8th… Still waiting for a public meeting where residents can have their say BEFORE council votes.
The letter reads: