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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Saugeen Shores Vice-Deputy Mayor Believes it's a Mistake to Talk Police Coverage with South Bruce Peninsula

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Last week South Bruce Peninsula received a Proposal from Saugeen Shores Police Service to patrol the Municipality

An information report to Saugeen Shores council on the possibility of Saugeen Shores Police providing services for South Bruce Peninsula, sent Vice Deputy Mayor Mike Myatt on a rant.

Saugeen Shores Police Service an Option for South Bruce Peninsula

Myatt made it perfectly clear where he stood with such a policing plan, which is well down the road if it even comes to fruition.

In a prepared statement to councillors Monday night, he said "We're going down that path to negotiations?  I think the negotiations should stop!"

We've been telling you that South Bruce Peninsula council is looking at alternative policing options to the OPP to see if there's cost savings.

Myatt says local residents are paying for a brand new police station for the next 20-years and it perplexes him that we may use some of that space to house officers for another community.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau pointed out they are not in negotiations with South Bruce Peninsula.

All they did was give the municipality a business plan if they wish to consider using Saugeen Shores Police.

He said should anything come of it, it could help with future efficiencies that would allow Saugeen Shores to continue with a local police service.

Myatt says "I believe we're making a serious mistake by going down this path."

He suggests it could open the floodgates from communities such as Northern Bruce Peninsula and Arran Elderslie.

South Bruce Peninsula will be considering the proposal at one of their future council meetings.

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