west grey holding two meetings regarding future of policing this week

West Grey holding two meetings regarding future of policing this week

It’s a big week for the future of policing in West Grey.
Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss the future of policing within its municipal boundary, which will feature presentations from both the West Grey Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police.

The OPP will finally provide a costing analysis to take over policing within West Grey’s borders, following months of battles within the council chamber walls over the issue.

Council has been examining policing options since December of 2021 after four councillors voted to accept a motion to look at costing from the Ontario Provincial Police. The motion followed the municipality preparing to issue a tender to build a new police station for West Grey Police, a project that ended up being paused for the costing review.

A few months after that, the same four councillors also voted to look at a similar proposal from the Owen Sound Police Service.

However, the recent municipal election has changed the landscape of the entire discussion, with three of the four councillors that voted to accept these costing proposals no longer being on council. This will be the first meeting of the new council where the future of policing is the central focus, and will likely see the new members choose their area of support, whether that be to continue with allowing costing proposals from policing entities that would bring an end to the West Grey Police Service, or, to stick with the municipal force into the future.

On Thursday, MNP, an accounting firm based in Manitoba, will present the results of a study in which it looked into the positives and negatives associated with each police costing bid.

Both meetings are open to the public, and will also be streamed online here.

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