Oxford Committee Reviews Police Service
The committee looking into ways to cut the cost of police service in the Town of Oxford met last night to discuss the results of last month's public meeting on the matter.
The Town spends twenty percent of its annual budget on policing services with the RCMP. That works out to $423 per resident, higher than most other towns of similar size.
Residents at the November 27th meeting said they were happy with the mounties for the most part, with some looking for an increased presence on town streets.
Last night's meeting focused on finding ways to have the best service possible while cutting costs. There are three options open to the Town:
- stick with the status quo
- negotiate a reduced package with the RCMP
- tender for new police services
The Police Services Advisory Committee hopes to meet with the RCMP and the Department of Justice next week to seek a better deal.
This comes as officers are looking at unionizing. The RCMP is the only police force in Canada without a collective agreement to regulate the working conditions of its members, something that is likely to change by mid-2020.
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