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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Council Gets Answers On OPP Amalgamation

South Bruce Peninsula | by John Divinski  

South Bruce Peninsula Council hears more details from Detachment Commander.

It was early October when some members of South Bruce Peninsula council complained about the process of amalgamating the Bruce Peninsula and Grey County OPP detachments, and wanted answers to pressing questions.

At the regular council meeting November 6th, Detachment Commander, Inspector Martin Murray and Bruce Peninsula Staff Sgt. Paul Richardson were on hand to answer the concerns.

Commander Murray told council Wiarton will not lose its detachment, nor will it lose its personnel.

He says some job positions may become redundant when the planned amalgamation takes place in January, 2019, but any police officers affected will be re-assigned to the uniform division which will put more front-line officers on the ground.

Murray says the amalgamation concept is to find efficiencies and take advantage of them.

South Bruce Peninsula Deputy Mayor Jay Kirkland wanted to know if any money savings would trickle down to the local council when it comes to OPP costs.

Murray countered that any money that may be saved will be re-invested into the OPP locally, so more good work can be done.

It costs the municipality 2.5-million-dollars a year for its OPP service.

Murray points out amalgamation studies is a continuing thing for the OPP as it looks for the best service it can provide throughout the province.

Inspector Murray heads up the two detachments but his main office is in Chatsworth where Grey County OPP are situated.

Wiarton will not have a detachment commander but will have an Operations Manager to oversee day to day business.

Murray says all stakeholders were informed of the OPP amalgamation plan at the same time on August 23rd although Councillor Matt Jackson complained that he didn't hear of the plan until it was in the media.

Councillor Jackson pushed for assurances that all jobs will stay in the future.

Commander Murray wouldn't say what could happen in the future but as of now, the amalgamation is merely an efficiency move with no loss of jobs or personnel in Wiarton or Grey County.

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