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Orangeville Police Presentation

Orangeville | by Phil DeLand  

The Orangeville Police held its question and answer session ahead of the OPP's which will be Tuesday.

The first of two presentations and question and answer sessions was held Monday night to figure out if Orangeville should switch to OPP for police services.

Orangeville Police Service presented a breakdown of their services and budget.

Staff Sergeant David McLagan explained that Orangeville Police has provided a zero per cent increase on its budget for the past five years.

During his presentation, McLagan said there have been more than 2300 traffic stops so far this year.

A point of discussion when comparing OPP and Orangeville Police, is response time.

McLagan said the median response time is 7 minutes, and it's 16 minutes for the lowest priority calls.

He said he wanted to include those numbers because he and the force are proud of their response time.

For Chief Wayne Kalinski, Orangeville Police is very community driven and he's proud of the service done by the officers.

Mayor Sandy Brown said he was happy with how the night went and that this process is meant to be transparent.

The OPP will be making their presentation Tuesday night at 7pm before taking questions form the public.

Following that, the consultant will make his report to council but that won't be the final step.

Brown said after that, council will have a report put together comparing the most recent data with what was presented in 2017.

Then there will be one more public session prior to council making its decision.

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