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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Local Police Services Receive Provincial Funding

Grey County | by Cody Misner  

Combined the services are getting $832,000

From left: Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy, Police Services Board Chair Garth Pierce, Police Chief Craig Ambrose and MPP Bill Walker.  

Four separate police services from across Grey County are receiving extra funding from the province in the coming weeks.

Combined the services are receiving $832,000 as part of the Community Safety and Policing Grant, according to a release from Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker's office.

Hanover Police get $67,500, West Grey Police are set to receive $135,000 the Owen Sound Police service is getting $551,000 and Grey Highlands will receive $78,750 for its OPP service.

These amounts will be released to the police forces over three years and began last March.  

Owen Sound Police Chief Craig Ambrose says that this funding is similar to past government grants but is still very welcome.  

He says that the money has already been budgeted into two programs ran by police.

"It's used to support our Part-Time Officers Program as well goes towards funding the Mobile Mental Health Response Team," states the Chief.

Currently, the Owen Sound Police Service employs five part-time officers to help supplement their full-time force.


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