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Saugeen Shores Mayor Open To Police Expansion

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

County force nixed, but Saugeen Shores mayor says town police could serve more communities.

There may be talks in the future about Saugeen Shores Police providing police service to South Bruce Peninsula.

The subject came up at a Bruce County council meeting which turned down the idea of a county-wide police force.

The county Executive Committee voted 5-3 against pursuing a county-wide police force.

But during discussion, Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau left the door open about his community police force providing services to other municipalities.

Also in attendance was Saugeen Shores Police Chief Mike Bellai who says he agrees that talks certainly could take place if directed to do so by the Police Services Board and the municipality.

Bellai says, "Policing is policing" but it will come at a cost that would need to be borne by the receiving community.

South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson says she's more than willing to open talks for the second time in recent years, assuming her council is OK with it.

Jackson says, "We're really just looking for cost savings and we always have been."

Currently South Bruce Peninsula is policed by the OPP at a cost of approximately 2.4-million-dollars annually.

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