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Monday, January 13, 2020

Saugeen Shores Police Service an Option for South Bruce Peninsula

South Bruce Peninsula/Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

SSPS would cost $2.3 million per year, start-up costs for the first year would be $2.7 million

The Saugeen Shores Police Service (SSPS) is a cheaper option for South Bruce Peninsula as it looks at its policing options.
South Bruce Peninsula is currently covered by the OPP at a cost of $2.4 million dollars a year.

Saugeen Shores Chief of Police - Mike Bellai and the Police Board recently presented a proposal to South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson which averaged $2.3 million per year for a SSPS option, however, start-up costs for the first year would add up to $2.7 million. 

"They did make an offer to us that represent a savings for sure. I think it's just a matter of whether council thinks it's a significant amount of saving to make that move," says Mayor Janice Jackson.

"It's something that we really have to weigh the pros and cons and the dollars and cents and whether it will be worthwhile for us to go from OPP to SSPS and I look forward to that debate."

Saugeen Shores Council will look at an Information Report during tonight's (Jan 13) Council Meeting that explains the potential costs that would be incurred by South Bruce Peninsula  if SSPS was to cover that municipality. 

The start-up costs amount to $421,800 and includes: $225,000 for vehicles, and $90,000 for Communication Infrastructure Wiarton and $84,000 Uniforms and Equipment.

Salary was the top expenditure in the overall proposal, budgeting $1.75 million for Constables and Detectives. 

The proposal is non-binding at this time and is expected to be reviewed by both parties for a period of time.

Full costs would be borne by the South Bruce Peninsula taxpayers.

Mayor Jackson says they have no problem with the service provided by the OPP but at over $2.4-million-dollars a year, they're always looking for cost savings without jeopardizing the safety of the community.

Council does have the option of going with a 3-year contract with the OPP or a five year deal.

If South Bruce Peninsula decided they wanted to go with Saugeen Shores covering police services, they would have to give the OPP one year's notice.

South Bruce Peninsula To Review Policing Options 

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