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Friday, March 9, 2018

Wingham Sticks With Local Police

Wingham | by Peter Jackson  

North Huron agrees to continue with local force, after presentations from Wingham Police and OPP.

Wingham is sticking with its municipal police service, after a vote by North Huron Council.

The decision comes after around 18 months of staff research, public input and presentations by OPP and Wingham Police.

Three options on policing included maintaining the current Wingham Police Service, extending Wingham Police coverage to include Blyth and East Wawanosh Ward, or switching to OPP.

In the end, Council this week voted in favour of the status quo -- keeping Wingham Police coverage in Wingham Ward only.

North Huron Reeve Neil Vincent tells Country 104.9 News that OPP presented extensive information on what they saw as the advantages of covering Wingham Ward.

Vincent recalls switching to OPP would have involved a three-year policing contract, with an option to extend the deal at a reduced annual rate.

He says town residents were against the OPP idea out of concern about a potentially reduced police presence in Wingham.

A petition opposing the switch bearing around 300 signatures was presented to Council.

The opposite view held in Blyth and East Wawanosh, where residents were against extending the Wingham Police jurisdiction.

Vincent notes that a petition to keep OPP coverage was signed by every resident along one concession in East Wawanosh.

The Wingham Police Service consists of a Chief, a supervisory officer and five Constables. 

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