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OPP contract extension to flow into next council term

Posted August 25, 2014

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 approximately $520.

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."

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