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Brockton Councillor Concerned With Police Service Board Changes

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Steve Adams concerned about a government plan to consolidate police service boards per region and detachment.

Upcoming changes to the structure of Police Service Boards across Ontario has a Brockton Councilor worried.

Steve Adams is very concerned about a government plan to consolidate police service boards per region and detachment.

Brockton is policed by the South Bruce OPP which covers a large geographic area. (Brockton, Huron Kinloss, Arran- Elderslie and the Kincardine area.)

Currently Brockton has its own Police Service Board and that is how Adams wants it to stay.

To amalgamate all of the police service boards throughout the South Bruce OPP detachment into one Police Service Board says Adams runs the risk of communities losing their local voice at the table.

Adams adds accountability is another issue, as Brockton spends two million dollars a year on policing.

With the government planned consolidated Police Service Boards moving forward, Adams adds there is no guarantee Brockton will even have a seat at the table.

As such Brockton's Police Service Board recently met with Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson to express their concerns.

Adams says Thompson has agreed to take their concerns back to the Minister on their behalf.

The upcoming changes to the structure of Police Service Boards is part of the updated Police Service Act under Section 10.
 

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