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Study says no to expanding Smiths Falls police to other townships

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By Chris Must
chris@pdgmedia.ca 

A study has concluded that having Smiths Falls police offer their services to five neighbouring townships isn’t worth the effort.

Currently, the municipalities of Merrickville-Wolford, Montague, Drummond-North Elmsley, Rideau Lakes and Westport, which border on Smiths Falls, receive police service from the Ontario Provincial Police, while Smiths Falls has its own municipal force. The town commissioned a study earlier this year to determine if it would be advantageous for Smiths Falls to bid for the right to provide police service to its neighbours, replacing the OPP.

Cliff Strachan, vice president of business development for Investigative Solutions Network Inc., the firm hired to carry out the study, told town councillors at a Nov. 14 meeting that minimal cost savings would result, due to the need to hire more officers, buy more vehicles and replace the current communications system to serve a larger geographic area.  “We do not feel it would be feasible for the Smiths Falls Police Service to service all five of the surrounding municipalities,” he said.

The town police service currently has a chief, a deputy chief, four sergeants, 17 constables and 9.5 full-time equivalent civilian staff. The proposal in the feasibility study was to serve the town and the surrounding municipalities by increasing the number of uniformed officers to 47. If the townships accepted the proposal, it would result in a savings of $385,487 from the combined costs of providing policing for all six municipalities, which Strachan said, is “not a lot of significant dollars,” especially in light of unknown additional capital costs for extra manpower and vehicles.

Councillors agreed to write to the neighbouring municipalities to see if any were interested in sharing police services on an individual basis, provided they were willing to share in the cost of any further studies of the issue.

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Study says no to expanding Smiths Falls police to other townships

SFPolice

By Chris Must
chris@pdgmedia.ca 

A study has concluded that having Smiths Falls police offer their services to five neighbouring townships isn’t worth the effort.

Currently, the municipalities of Merrickville-Wolford, Montague, Drummond-North Elmsley, Rideau Lakes and Westport, which border on Smiths Falls, receive police service from the Ontario Provincial Police, while Smiths Falls has its own municipal force. The town commissioned a study earlier this year to determine if it would be advantageous for Smiths Falls to bid for the right to provide police service to its neighbours, replacing the OPP.

Cliff Strachan, vice president of business development for Investigative Solutions Network Inc., the firm hired to carry out the study, told town councillors at a Nov. 14 meeting that minimal cost savings would result, due to the need to hire more officers, buy more vehicles and replace the current communications system to serve a larger geographic area.  “We do not feel it would be feasible for the Smiths Falls Police Service to service all five of the surrounding municipalities,” he said.

The town police service currently has a chief, a deputy chief, four sergeants, 17 constables and 9.5 full-time equivalent civilian staff. The proposal in the feasibility study was to serve the town and the surrounding municipalities by increasing the number of uniformed officers to 47. If the townships accepted the proposal, it would result in a savings of $385,487 from the combined costs of providing policing for all six municipalities, which Strachan said, is “not a lot of significant dollars,” especially in light of unknown additional capital costs for extra manpower and vehicles.

Councillors agreed to write to the neighbouring municipalities to see if any were interested in sharing police services on an individual basis, provided they were willing to share in the cost of any further studies of the issue.

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