Monday, April 9, 2007

Who decides ?

Looks like the decision to buck the trend and keep the Smiths Falls Police, instead of contracting the service to the OPP was wise ....

Arnprior has lost control of number of officers required for the town, and therefore cost.

"....without a satisfactory explanation of a proposed $600,000 yearly cost increase or modification of terms to suit council's contention the town requires a maximum complement of 14 officers, not 17 as the OPP insists."

The provincial police's subsequent proposal took staffing from 14 to 18 and annual base cost from $1.5 million -- with the town providing a building and support staff -- to $2.1 million a year over five years.

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