It spent the better part of four years fighting for the Brockville Police Service, and on Wednesday its last formal act was a boost of a different kind to the local force.
Citizens Offering Police Support (COPS), an advocacy group that fought the possible replacement of the municipal police force with an Ontario Provincial Police service contract, wrapped up operations by donating just over $3,000 remaining in its war chest to two police-related charities.
“It’s our last event,” COPS chairman Cec Drake said as members gathered for dinner at Luna Pizzeria.
“We’re doing this kind of as a celebration, if you will.”
In February, city councillors unanimously approved a motion to reject the OPP costing, which came in at a price higher than the municipal police.
Mayor David Henderson first announced his intention to seek an OPP costing in October 2012, citing the need to save money. The province delayed the process with a moratorium on OPP costings while it revised its method of billing municipalities. The costing process began again last year.
Had it opted for the OPP, the city would have operated under a “transition contract” of three years or slightly over, after which it would have switched to the OPP’s regular billing model. That transitional contract included estimated policing costs of $7,336,894 for 2017.
When one-time costs were factored in, the first year would have cost the city $8,307,478. By contrast, the net 2017 budget for the Brockville Police Service comes in at $7,111,796, or $7.2 million when capital costs are factored in.
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