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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Police Program Cuts Possible

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

You may no longer see police presence in Walkerton public and separate schools.


Brockton is facing a tough decision -- the municipality is considering pulling the plug on the In-School Police Program.

This after both the Bluewater District and Bruce Grey Catholic School Boards declined a request to provide financial assistance to help fund the costly program.

Mayor David Inglis says Brockton can no longer afford to shoulder the cost of the 100 thousand dollar plus program a year.

He admits it's a good program that provides a valuable service to the schools and its students -- but he notes the issue is the cost.

Inglis believes the program will most likely be cut at budget time.

Brockton is sending a letter to both school boards as well as to the principals of the Walkerton schools to inform them of the matter.

Inglis hopes the letters will be enough to change the minds of school trustees and save the program.

For over five years --- Brockton has been staffing a Community School Officer to the Walkerton Schools five days a week.

This officer provided the schools with a positive police presence and interacted on a daily basis with the student in both the elementary and high schools.


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