It looks like Brockton will be sticking with the OPP for now. A motion to seek out other police costing proposals was rejected by Council.
Councilor Chris Oberle is disappointed that his motion to have staff seek out police costing proposals from West Grey, Hanover and Saugeen Shores was defeated.
Brockton’s current policing agreement with the Ontario Provincial Police will expire on June 30th.
Oberle had hoped to have a few quotes on hand from other municipal police forces when entering negotiations with the OPP.
Given the fact that Brockton’s policing costs are considerably lower than many neighboring municipalities, the majority of Council felt the motion would place an unnecessary burden on staff.
Mayor Chris Peabody notes that while Brockton residents pay $420 per household for policing, Hanover residents pay $698 per household and West Grey residents pay $568. (stats provided by Peabody)
Because of these numbers, Council opted to not seek out the costing proposals.
Oberle plans to introduce a new motion in the very near future to have Brockton explore a Bruce County policing option.
This says Peabody is option worth exploring, and says he would be willing to approach the County on the matter if Council were in favour of such a concept.
Peabody believes there is merit in exploring possible Bruce County regional cost sharing ventures such as policing, water and even garbage.
Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak was the only other councilor who supported Oberle’s police costing motion.
Gieruszak takes issue with the fact that there is currently no way of measuring the OPP’s performance standards under the current system.
Peabody plans to remedy this through the upcoming negotiations where he says Brockton will insist that the OPP provide clear performance standard indicators to Brockton.