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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

South Bruce Peninsula Considers Policing Costs

South Bruce Peninsula | by John Divinski  

Council says it is interested in talking with Saugeen Shores about a policing deal.

South Bruce Peninsula council is all for shopping around for alternative police services.

First stop is a cost analysis from Saugeen Shores Police Services.

Mayor Janice Jackson she has no complaints about the current OPP service for the municipality, except for cost.

She says the town is paying 2.4-million-dollars a year for OPP services and it's a huge chunk of the town's budget.

Jackson says "I've been looking under every rock for (police cost) savings..." and Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau stated at a recent Bruce County council meeting, his police service would be interested in looking at a shared police service, if the price was right.

Council has directed staff to write a letter to Saugeen Shores, expressing an interest in the concept.

The mayor hopes they'll have some idea of how the plan might play out by the end of the summer.

The current OPP contract with South Bruce Peninsula expires at the end of 2019.

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