OPP contract extension to flow into next council term
New Tecumseth and the Nottawasaga OPP will usher
in 2015 with a six month contract extension that keeps the Police
Services Board intact, retains grant eligibilty, and shifts the
long-term policing implications to the next term of council.
Earlier this year the provincial government announced OPP service
contracts would be terminated on Dec. 31, 2014 and replaced with a new
billing model that sets a baseline cost and includes a menu of
"extras." Combined, it's estimated policing will cost an average of
$355 per ratepayer annually. For New Tecumseth, the new billing model
should result in a decrease as currently the per capita cost is
The Town currently receives $105,000 annually from the 1,000 officers
grant program and
$17,000 from the R.I. D. E. grant program, both sources of funds would
dry up without a contract.
"The charges to a municipality for OPP services will be calculated
using the new billing model
and will remain the same whether or not there is a contract in place,"
according to CAO Terri Caron's report to council. "The OPP have advised
however that there are other benefits to entering into a contract. A
Police Services Board is established only where there is a municipal
police force or a municipal contract for police services in effect.
Accordingly, entering into a 6 month contract will ensure the
continuation of the Nottawasaga Police Services Board beyond December
31, 2014 and the civilian oversight that it provides."