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Dryden votes to become an OPP Contract


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Jul 26, 2021 | 8:42 PM
 

The City of Dryden will be losing its municipal police force.

Council voted 6-1 in favour of switching to Provincial Police Monday night.

Shayne MacKinnon was the only one in favour of keeping the Dryden Police Service.

Dryden Council, led by Mayor Greg Wilson, directed staff in October 26, 2020, to request an OPP Costing Proposal.

That resulted in presentations from the City Force, OPP, the consultant, and a public meeting.

This followed a similar request in June, 2017.

The same Council at that time voted 6-1 against the OPP Proposal.

This time around those in favour pointed to yearly savings of roughly $1.1 million once the three year transition is completed, an increased compliment of officers and a more coordinated police approach.

They stressed the decision isn’t reflective of the work done by Dryden Police officers, but noted it’s time to adapt to changing times and added and new pressures.

Some stated the City just doesn’t have the same resources Provincial Police can provide.

Michelle Price admitted at the meeting that this was a gut-wrenching but necessary decision.

This is a developing story and more details will follow.

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