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OPP Costing Meeting in City

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 2:29 PM by Matt Villeneuve
Owen Sound officials will meet with OPP to discuss the cost of the force in the City.

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Staff in Owen Sound will meet with representatives from the Ontario Provincial Police on Wednesday to discuss a policing quote.

Wayne Ritchie is the City Manager -- and he tells Bayshore Broadcasting News it'll be the inaugural meeting between the OPP and the City.

Council in January supported a motion to pursue a bid from the provincial police, and Ritchie says Wednesday's meeting will be the beginning of a long process.

Talks will begin at 2 PM at the Owen Sound Police Service's headquarters.

Members of the OSPD will attend the gathering, alongside the mayor and staff.

The City police department is expected to cost property taxpayers $7.03-million in 2016, which is about a quarter of Owen Sound $27-million operating budget.

But the police department also generates about $1-million in revenue from its dispatch service. 

A letter from the Owen Sound Police Services Board had requested that Council establish an Ad-Hoc Committee to review policing costs in the Scenic City.

Councillors on Monday voted to defer a decision until April.





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