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South Bruce Peninsula Council Goes for OPP Option

South Bruce Peninsula | by John Divinski  

The Saugeen Shores Police Service was another option 2.3-million-dollars a year

South Bruce Peninsula is sticking with the OPP to provide police services for at least the next three years.

It was obvious from the beginning of the discussion by councillors on Tuesday, January 21st, that there was little or no savings to the municipality by going with Saugeen Shores Police Services.

South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson, is also chair of her town's police services board and she says "It just appeared that Saugeen Shores' (police) offer was pretty much on par on what we're paying now with the OPP."

OPP charges the community around 2.4-million-dollars a year, while the Saugeen Shores deal came in around 2.3-million-dollars.

However Mayor Jackson says there were other money factors with the Saugeen Shores offer, including some start-up capital costs and then continuing capital cost expectations in the future that left the two deals pretty well even.

Jackson says they had no issues with the OPP service and we're just looking for cost savings.

She says she's not surprised by the outcome, having researched other communities that looked into alternative services to the OPP, with the same result.

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