Midland drops municipal police force for OPP
Owen Sound police dispatching centre
While Owen Sound awaits a presentation from the OPP on how much it would cost them to police the city, Midland has already pulled the trigger.
After a grueling six month process and several public consultation sessions, the town of 17,000 has decided to disband the local police force in favour of the OPP.
Council says the report done up by their CAO shows the OPP will save them almost $1 million a year; close to $8 million over the next decade.
The final council vote was 6-3 in favour.
Midland Mayor Gord McKay acknowledges the issue has created some divisions in town.
He says the OPP will provide an equal level of service and that most Midland officers will be offered positions with the OPP.
The transition should begin early in the new year.
Meanwhile Owen Sound council and staff get their first look at the OPP costing Tuesday, September 12 at 1pm.
Mayor Ian Boddy says looking at those numbers is part of the city’s due diligence.
The Owen Sound police service costs close to $7.5 million dollars a year; about a quarter of the city’s operational budget while they also generate about $1.5 million a year in dispatching contracts which likely would not be continued if the OPP were brought in.
Ironically, Owen Sound dispatches for Midland town police, which will likely come to an end when the OPP take over.
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