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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

South Bruce Peninsula To Review Policing Options

South Bruce Peninsula | by John Divinski  

Town Mayor to meet with Saugeen Shores Police Service, as council orders staff to review current coverage from OPP.

Policing duties for South Bruce Peninsula will again be done by the OPP for the time being but there could be changes in the wind.

The kind of OPP service the municipality uses is being studied, along with a possible change to have another police force take over the job.

South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson is meeting with Saugeen Shores Police Services later today (JAN 8), to see if there's any possibility the force could take over the policing duties from the OPP.

She says the force has come up with a plan and costs that, if attractive enough, would be presented to her council in the future.

Meanwhile council has asked staff to look into the current coverage they have from the OPP and should they go for what is called the 5.1 coverage, which is a pay-as-you-go set up.

Mayor Jackson says they have no problem with the service provided by the OPP but at over 2.4-million-dollars a year, they're always looking for cost savings without jeopardizing the safety of the community.

Council does have the option of going with a 3-year contract with the OPP or a five year deal.

If South Bruce Peninsula decided they wanted to go with Saugeen Shores covering police services, they would have to give the OPP one year's notice.

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