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Busy Night: Two Oxford Meetings in One

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Light Turnout for Oxford Police Review
Mark Rushton
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Light Turnout for Oxford Police Review

Residents of Oxford had an opportunity to voice their concerns regarding community policing at a public meeting held in the town tonight.

Only about 30 people turned out to hear about the progress made so far on a review of policing services provided by the RCMP. 

The town began the review earlier this year, looking for ways to reduce the amount paid by taxpayers for RCMP services, which currently runs a half-million dollars per year. On a per-capita basis, that's more than similar-sized communities across the province, and represents 20 percent of the town's annual budget.

Comments from those attending were positive regarding police services provided by the RCMP, with most people saying they would like to see —more— police presence in town. 

One resident recounted two experiences where calling police to report alarms at different businesses in town did not go as expected. Ruben Mallard says he was asked to check the alarms himself, rather than 'wake someone up' for a false alarm. 

Deputy Fire Chief Ken Hickman, who says he's worked closely with law enforcement, says the current police services are spread too thin over too large an area. 

Another member of the public —who works as a first responder— said police should offer more programs to schools and the community, particularly in dealing with human trafficking. They said people don't have sufficient awareness of the issues faced by town residents. 

Deputy Mayor Rick Draper, who hosted the event, was asked by a resident whether Town Council had asked Amherst police for a proposal to contract their services. Draper stated that no decision has been taken. 

He said Oxford is still reviewing what the community needs and hasn't come to the point of even asking for proposals for service. 

The Police Services Review Committee will meet again on December 3rd to nail down the town's policing needs. If the town decides to look for an alternative to the current arrangement with the RCMP, a request for proposals would be issued in January.

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I was at the Oxford police review last night and I was the one who asked the question and I quote " Has the town asked Amherst for a proposal for policing" unquote. I also asked quote " Will you ask the town of Amherst for a proposal for policing" unquote. If you go back to May of this year you will see that there is an article about this topic. Oxford asking Amherst for a proposal. something is not right. Could you please follow up on this and let me know. Thanks Kurt.


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kurt fischer

Your article said Oxford town council held a special meeting for this topic so either they asked Amherst for a proposal or they didn't. The minutes of the special meeting should clear it up. Why would the deputy mayor respond to my questions with a no answer when the special meeting clearly shows that they agreed to ask Amherst for a proposal and not the other way around?

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Radio This Week

Event List
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 12:00 AM

Listen to Morning Talk Replay. Click HERE to listen to recent interviews from our archive.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 9:05 AM

Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources, is on Morning Talk each Wednesday at 9:05.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 9:05 AM

Murray Scott, Mayor of Cumberland County, is on Morning Talk every Thursday. Listen at 9:05.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 10:45 AM

Pastor Mark Collins, faith leader, is on Morning Talk every Thursday at 10:45.

Saturday, February 11, 2023 8:00 PM

Saturday Night in a Harbour Town, featuring traditional East Coast music, airs every Saturday at 8 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Radio and Six Rivers Country.

Sunday, February 12, 2023 9:00 AM

Sunday Wrap, the week in review, is aired on the Six Rivers Radio Network every Sunday morning. Listen at 9:00.

Sunday, February 12, 2023 2:00 PM

A special replay of Saturday Night in a Harbour Town with host Eric MacEwen is heard every Sunday at 2 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Music and Six Rivers Country.

Events This Week

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Wednesday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 11:00 AM

The Pugwash Fire Department will host a COVID Vaccine Drop-in Clinic from 11 am to 2 pm for those 5 years and over. No appointment necessary.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:00 PM

Pugwash Fire Department Toonie Draw, the 50/50 community fundraiser. Click HERE for details.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 11:00 AM

The Wallace Community Centre will host a COVID Vaccine Drop-in Clinic from 11 am to 2 pm for those aged 5 and over. No appointment is necessary.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:00 PM

Walk and Talk is held every Thursday at 1 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 7:00 PM

Bingo is held every Thursday at 7 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Saturday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Saturday, February 11, 2023 2:45 PM

A Public Meeting, hosted by the Protect Wentworth Valley Committee, will be held at the Wentworth Recreation Centre from 2:45 to 4:00 pm to discuss the proposal for a mega wind farm on Higgins Mountain. Special Guest will be Tory Rushton, the Minister of Natural Resources and the MLA for the area.

Sunday, February 12, 2023 2:00 PM

Hope Centre Online is a worship service every Sunday at 2:15 pm. Click HERE to join on Zoom. The room opens at 2 pm.

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