OPP Answers to Public Questions

Have questions regarding the OPP costing proposal to the Town of Orangeville for police services? Email [email protected] Questions and answers listed below. Updated as information received.

Question 1:  Although the costing is for “basic” OPP service – how much would it cost for enhancements that may not only equal but improve the quality of service in Orangeville? i.e. enhanced traffic unit, street crime unit, etc.

Answer 1: The costing prepared is for police service similar to what you have now as it reflects the same number of officers that Orangeville currently has.  Should you require additional officers for dedicated functions, the cost would be dependent on the status and rank of that individual (civilian, constable or Sergeant).  Should a municipality request enhancements to their contract, it does have to be approved at a Regional level by the staffing steering committee.

The 2017 cost of a constable enhancement is approximately $160,000.  This includes the salary, benefits, ODOE and Support staff costs for the enhancement.

Question 2: Would the communications/dispatch costs be included in the savings?

Answer 2: Communications/dispatch costs are included in the proposal presented on February 13th under Support Staff (Salaries & Benefits) and in the Other Direct Operating Expenses and is billed on a ‘per officer’ basis.  The price quoted for communications/dispatch is $265,827.

Question 3:  Does Orangeville currently get charged by OPP when specialized units are requested i.e. Traffic Reconstruction, Emergency Response Team, etc.?

Answer 3: Currently the OPP does not bill municipalities for assistance with specialized units.  However, we do track the service provided.  Also, the Police Services Act under section 19(3) does allow the government to recover the cost of any service the OPP provides to municipalities under the Act.  As mentioned, at this time, the OPP is not charging municipalities.

Question 4: What are the savings and the ability to have more officers on the road when it pertains to Human Resource issues – i.e. back filling those officers injured, suspended, etc.?

Answer 4: The Dufferin detachment of the OPP is currently staffed with 29 police officers and 2 civilian members.  Should Orangeville decide to have the OPP police their Town, the compliment of this detachment would be increased by 42 officers (which are the total number of positions in Orangeville Police Service, including vacancies).

Benefits are that the 42 positions would be filled (Orangeville would not be carrying vacancies as they currently are) with backup from 29 other police officers working out of the detachment.  An integrated detachment model means that officers are deployed as needed where needed.  While each platoon on each shift has a dedicated patrol area, officers can be called to assist in other zones, where need dictates.  In addition, being part of the OPP means that in an emergent situation where required, they can also draw on resources, if required from neighbouring OPP detachments (Caledon to the south, Wellington to the west, Nottawasaga to the north, etc.).

Additional savings would be realized in that instead of paying for a Chief and a Deputy Chief salaries, the Town would only be responsible for a portion of the Inspector’s salary.

Question 5: Would Orangeville Police Station become an OPP detachment office?

Answer 5: The current Dufferin OPP detachment, located on highway #89 would remain the administration/operations centre for this jurisdiction.  However, it does not have the capacity to accommodate another 42 officers.  The proposal is dependent on the municipality also providing a building to work from as a satellite office.  The officers assigned to work in the Orangeville zone would be reporting to and working from the Orangeville satellite office.  The building would remain the property of the Town of Orangeville.

Question 6: With provincial Legislation of 3, 6 & 9 years’ service regarding retention pay would Orangeville possibly have a large or very large portion of high seniority OPP personnel assigned to Orangeville?  Would this affect police costing?

Answer 6: Members will receive credit for seniority for all uninterrupted service with any Ontario police service.  Uninterrupted service is considered to be a period of not more than 90 days between leaving one service and joining another.  The Continuous Service Date (CSD) is calculated based upon the total combined years of uninterrupted full time police service.  It is essential that employment application forms are completed accurately in order to receive credit for continuous service. 

Regarding seniority for civilian members:

Any Orangeville civilian employees hired by the OPP will be assessed.  Continuous service is assessed based on the Ontario Provincial Police Association, Civilian Collective Agreement language.  Employees hired may receive full credits for any full-time unbroken service with the amalgamating police service for the purposes of vacation and continuous service.  In addition they may receive credit for pensionable service accrued.

Regarding the retention pay question:

The seniority of the officers in the Dufferin Detachment would not impact the costing proposal.  As stated in the proposal, salary rates are based on weighted average rates of all OPP municipal detachment staff by rank, level and classification.  These rates are determined annually and are applied consistently throughout the province for all transition contracts.

Direct questions regarding the OPP costing proposal to [email protected].