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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Council Votes to Keep SPS

Shelburne | by Phil DeLand  
Shelburne Police will continue to police the town.

Shelburne Police aren't going anywhere.

Council held a special meeting tonight and voted unanimously 7-0 to keep the local force in the town.

Prior to the recorded vote, each council member gave their reason behind their vote.

Many councillors were worried that the OPP couldn't provide the same level of policing through their base model.

Some pointed out they have an obligation to do what's right for the people that voted them into power.

Mayor Wade Mills said everyone involved in the process is glad that it's come to a conclusion.

He also said he's extremely proud of the professionalism shown by the community throughout the long and emotional process.

Following the vote, council passed a second motion, requesting the Shelburne Police Services Board to complete a comprehensive service delivery review.

That review of the SPS is to be done prior to, and as a condition of, the town committing any financial investment towards a building or space needs for the service.

Council also voted that the review should consider needs-based staffing projections along with the possibility of an expanded use of technology to minimize physical building space needed.

In regards to the technology, Councillor Walter Benotto said that's something he believes the police service should seriously look into.

He explained that when council visited a nearby OPP station, it was explained to them that their officers rarely have to go to the office now that many reports can be done from their vehicle.

In a statement to Country 105, SPS Chief Kent Moore said he looks forward to working with council, staff and the Police Services Board to ensure they have a police facility that will enable them to provide adequate and effective policing for many years to come.

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