For the past year a local debate has raged over the question of whether the City of Dryden should request the Ontario Provincial Police conduct a free analysis to determine the costs to the city if the OPP were to assume control of all policing within city limits.
While surrounding communities have mostly dissolved their local forces in favour of the OPP, the issue came to prominence in 2010’s municipal election and endures as city departments face pressure to reduce their share of the city’s operating budget (DPS accounts for $1.4 million annually). Councillors have been reluctant to move on the issue as reports from OPP communities call into question the savings they were promised, or for fear that discussion would add uncertainty to the process of hiring a new police chief.
While proponents of the free OPP costing have made their voices heard loud and clear — what remains to be seen is how Dryden residents view the issue in the larger sense.
A recent Observer article can be found here.
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