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Monday, February 25, 2019

Hanover Open To Regional Police Force Talks

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Owen Sound recently passed motion to approach Hanover, West Grey to discuss amalgamated service

The City of Owen Sound has invited both Hanover and West Grey to come together to discuss the possibility of regional policing. 

And Hanover is willing to explore the possibility of a regional police service with Owen Sound and West Grey.

Mayor Sue Paterson believes the Town owes it to its residents to investigate all possible options.

Policing makes up the biggest portion of Hanover’s budget.

The soon to be approved 2019 budget includes 2.8 million dollars for policing.

Paterson says this represents 33 cents on every tax dollar raised.

This is not the first time Hanover has investigated joint police partnership opportunities.

The previous Hanover Council participated in some police amalgamation talks with West Grey. (nothing moved forward from the talks).

Prior to Brockton’s amalgamation, Hanover had a joint police force with Walkerton.

Paterson says Hanover will come to the table (Owen Sound and West Grey) with an open mind and a willingness to discuss the possibility of regional policing.

She is eager to learn about the potential benefits of a regional force, noting however maintaining the high level of policing service Hanover currently receives is a must.

Paterson suspects regional policing may offer benefits such as police costs savings and added services.

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