In our continued coverage of other communities who either are or have been considering OPP as an alternative to retaining their local police force, we continue to see a trend away from the uncertainty that seems to surround the OPP costing process. As Midland continues to wait patiently for a long-overdue quote we can’t help but wonder how much of the $75,000 of tax dollars put aside for the consultant retained by Midland Council have been spent thus far and when we might see a quote so that the detailed analysis and comparisons can begin – with public consultation. Mayor MacKay’s monthly updates no longer even mention the OPP costing process or begin to explain why it is taking so long to get the quote.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski
The Saugeen Shores local police force will continue to provide service to the municipality.
Council was considering spending $25,000 on a request for proposal to have a third party compare services of the OPP versus the local force, but it was voted down 5-4.
Police Association spokesperson Greg Fletcher views the vote one “of confidence in the service we provide and the Chief of police and the direction we’re taking.”
Fletcher spoke to councillors prior to the vote.
He says the divisiveness of the issue had local police officers reflecting on what their future might be in the municipality.
However, Fletcher is sure officers will be pleased with the vote to drop any thought of looking into OPP services.
Another supporter and speaker at council, W. Kent Milroy, says it’s about time the subject was “put to bed.”
He says now the town can now concentrate on maintaining the police service that is in the community.
Councillor Don Matheson, who had originally brought forward the motion to look into OPP costing, says he was reflecting the wishes of those who spoke to him but he accepts the result of the vote.