Mark Rushton / Friday, January 24, 2020 / Categories: News Oxford Police Decision Coming Soon The Town of Oxford is one step closer to determining the future of policing services for that community. Last night's final meeting of the Police Services Advisory Committee wrapped up with a recommendation that Town Council will consider at its February session. It is expected that a proposal to slightly reduce the service hours RCMP will commit to the town. In March of last year, County Council accepted a service option from the RCMP that would see a reduction in the number of officers deployed throughout the municipality in an effort to cut costs. That option —arising from a joint County-Oxford review of policing services that began in late 2018— required Oxford's approval for any modifications to the existing agreement. Oxford Town Council undertook a review of the police services provided to the community and found that Oxford's per capita policing costs were the second-highest in the province. Council has sought to reduce the amount it spends on policing services —currently 20 percent of the town's annual budget. Feedback from a public meeting last Fall saw strong support for the existing relationship with the RCMP. Council was also considering whether to contract out policing services to cut costs even further. If the County's proposal is adopted and the RCMP services are reduced, Oxford's per capita expenditures for policing would still be among the top-five in the province. Add your comments below. Print 1898 Rate this article: 3.5 Tags: CumberlandpoliceRCMPOxford 2 comments on article "Oxford Police Decision Coming Soon" 0 0 Carolyn McLelan I grew up in Oxford and there was always a great relationship with the RCMP. My key question would be why is it so high? What is different about Oxford from other small towns that puts the costs at the top. Don't blindly cut costs without understanding the root cause. Is there a unique reason? What will the impact to reductions be regarding coverage/protection? Response time, vulnerability, lack of coverage? Do you want your police protection to go the same way as your medical care? 1/24/2020 7:33 AM 0 0 Staff Reporter Editor's Note: It is not that the RCMP are charging more in Oxford, it is the smaller population and tax base in the town. While the expense per officer and the total service would be comparable elsewhere, it represents a higher percentage of the town's overall expenditures. Add to the tax base and the percentage and per capita cost would go down. 1/24/2020 10:22 AM Please login or register to post comments.