Brockville O.P.P. exercise is dead

(Newswatch Group/File)

BROCKVILLE – A five year journey to figure out whether the O.P.P. would be a good fit for the City of Brockville died Tuesday night with a vote at city council.

Councillors voted unanimously on a motion by Coun. Jane Fullarton to reject the O.P.P. costing proposal and stay with the Brockville Police Service.

Fullarton had brought the notice of motion last month after council learned Jan. 25, during a special meeting at the Brockville Municipal Center, that the provincial police service would cost around $7.3 million a year – more than it’s paying now for BPS.

The municipal force costs about $7.1 million this year to operate. The proposal from the O.P.P. didn’t include some high ticket items like a new police station.

The vote now scrubs the council calendar of a handful of meetings that would be seen public input, council and staff vetting of the plan.

Members of the advocacy group COPS – Citizens Offering Police Support – and Brockville police members were reportedly in the chambers to witness the vote.

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