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Policing Costs in Grey County Municipalities

Posted On: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

In all, Grey County municipalities spent more than $23-million on police services last year.

Policing Costs in Grey County Municipalities

In addition to the $7.3-million, $3.3-million and $2.8-million spent by Owen Sound, West Grey and Hanover for municipal services respectively, municipal staff and budget documents indicate Ontario Provincial Police services cost Meaford $1.8-million, Georgian Bluffs $1.5-million, Grey Highlands $1.85-million, Chatsworth $1-million, Southgate $1.1-million and The Blue Mountains/Collingwood $2.7-million.

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The OPP is one of North America's largest deployed police services with more than 5,800 uniformed officers, 2,400 civilian employees and 830 Auxiliary officers. They provide essential services that ensure the safety and security of the people of the Province of Ontario.

Officers are responsible for policing over one million square kilometres of land and waterways. They provide frontline policing services to 323 Ontario municipalities and patrol over 127,000 kilometres of provincial roadways. They have many specialized units including drug enforcement, aviation, explosive disposal, search and rescue, canine and emergency response.

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