Policing services will be reviewed for the Town of Orangeville.
Mayor Sandy Brown presented a motion at the first business meeting of the new Council on December 10 to request that the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) prepare a costing proposal for the provision of policing services for the Town. The motion was passed unanimously.
Council also directed staff to investigate the cost of retaining a qualified consultant to analyze the costing proposal and service levels, and that staff report back with the estimated cost of that analysis.
In June of 2017, the previous Council voted to keep the Orangeville Police Service (OPS), rejecting the OPP costing proposal in favour of municipal policing by the OPS.
Council’s 4-3 decision was a controversial one that left residents divided on the issue, with continued questions about the two costing models.
Mayor Sandy Brown stated that this decision “is not a decision to go with the OPP. It is to open up the dialogue again.”