Adjala-Tosorontio, citing the uncertainty
surrounding the financial impacts of the pending changes to the OPP
billing model, has notified New Tecumseth it "wishes to end the
dedicated officer pilot project" initiated in 2013 focused on traffic
enforcement, effective April 1.
The Township agreed to the program last year intending to use savings
acheived when its share of the renewed five year, tri-party contract
dropped from 16 per cent to 13 per cent, on traffic safety initatives.
Adjala-Tosorontio's share of the pilot project was 70 per cent or about
$99,590 out of the $142,000 annual cost of an OPP constable.
Adjala-Tosorontio councillors made the decision to terminate the deal
on Feb. 10, and explained in a Feb. 12 letter to New Tecumseth that it
blames the Province's plan to terminate all OPP contracts, replacing
them with a new service model in 2015, whose details are still not
In addition to that, the Township has written the Minister of Community
Safety and Correctional Services, requesting that the changes allow the
tri-party agreement to continue. The provincial notification also
brings that arrangement to an end, with no details as to whether it can
continue under the new changes.
"Our municipality, along with the Town of New Tecumseth and the
Township of Essa,
has partnered closely with the Province since 1999 to execute and
promote one of the
first multi-municipal policing contracts in the Province. We faithfully
contract and continued to support the Province in support of municipal
since the agreement's inception," according to the Feb. 6th letter
signed by mayor Tom Walsh. "Since then, we dutifully and continually
provided full support of our Police Services
Board and the O.P.P. The Mayors of our three municipalities voluntarily
meetings with other neighbouring municipalities to promote the concept
police services through the O.P.P. We voiced objection to calls of
reform by other municipalities within the County of Simcoe. We
initiated civilian data
entry services to keep more officers on the streets. We supported the
use of new
technology in police cruisers to further increase efficiency. We worked
closely with our
local detachment to ensure that our policing contract was a true
For its part, New Tecumseth has not yet staked any official position on
the pending changes to the OPP contract, choosing instead to wait until
further details are released expected later this summer.