News — 05 May 2011

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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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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  1. Why is there an effort to reduce the level of policing in the city limits when this city will soon become an urban reserve and we will need more town policing as well as the OPP on standby

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