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Media Release - Police Services - Wingham Ward

Tuesday March 6th, 2018

Media Release              
For Immediate Release
March 6, 2018


At their March 5, 2018 regular meeting, Council of the Township of North Huron voted to maintain the Wingham Police Service for the Wingham ward and thanked the Ontario Provincial Police for their policing contract proposal.

At the request of North Huron Council, the Ontario Provincial Police submitted a policing contract service proposal for the Wingham ward.  As part of the review process, Council directed staff to do a cost analysis on three options: (1) maintain the existing police service for the Wingham ward; (2) policing of the  Wingham ward by the Ontario Provincial Police; and (3) expand the area of jurisdiction of the Wingham Police Service to include the Blyth and East Wawanosh wards.

The Ontario Provincial Police’s contract proposal was presented to Council in September, 2017.  Staff completed and presented to Council a financial analysis of three policing options, as requested by Council.  The analysis suggested there was a potential for cost savings over the long term if the Ontario Provincial Police’s proposal was accepted.  The analysis and findings were based on the province’s current OPP Billing Model. 

A public information session was held in January, 2018 to receive public comments and input.  Written comments were invited to be submitted to the municipality by the end of January.  In addition to written comments, a petition with over 300 signatures signed by Wingham residents was received expressing support for maintaining the existing police service for the Wingham ward.  Written comments were also received from the Wingham Police Association and the Wingham Police Chief.   

North Huron Reeve Neil Vincent stated “This was a difficult decision and on behalf of Council, I wish to thank the public, the business community and the Wingham Police Association and the Wingham Police Chief for their comments and input.  I would also like to thank the Ontario Provincial Police for their proposal submission and the time spent attending meetings and answering our questions.  Council has decided maintaining the existing police service is in the best interests of the municipality”.      

Media Contacts:
Dwayne Evans, CAO                                                                             Neil Vincent, Reeve   
519-357-3550  Ext 124                                                                         519-357-2336