OPP billing model impacts still evolving, fate of PSB,
tri-party deal in flux
Last week, the provincial government released the new billing model
municipalities that contract with the OPP will pay for their services
starting January 1, 2015.
However, its impact on a case by case basis remains the unknown, and
mayor Mike MacEachern told Free Press Online this morning via email
from the annual AMO conference in London, that an information session
yesterday with the OPP left questions unanswered.
Two pieces of the fall-out by the province cancelling current OPP contracts
beyond 2014 fell in the Nottawasaga detachment area which has a police
services board, and a tri-party cost sharing arrangement between New
Tecumseth, 57 per cent; Essa, 30 per cent; and Adjala-Tosorontio, 13
Under the new proposal, the OPP expect the average per property cost
for OPP services in 2015 will be an average of $355. The per capita
cost in New Tecumseth for policing now is about $520.
"I raised the issue of Civilian oversight of policing that has been
lost in our area due to the cancellation of the contract," said the
mayor. "The Ministry did indicate a concern with this unintended
consequence and will be speaking to Nottawasaga Detachment and the
municipalities to try to resolve this in a short time frame."
Inspector Dirk Cockburn, Nottwasaga OPP's detachment commander told
Free Press Online that "short answer is nothing prohibits us from
having a tri-party agreement and still waiting to hear back about PSB
boards (if we don't have a contract in place for January)."
New Tecumseth council has one scheduled meeting remaining this term,
Aug. 25th, but there are dates set aside at the call of the chair.