No OPP Bid For Amherstburg Police

The Ontario Provincial Police will not be part of the policing cost debate in the Town of Amherstburg.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo says the OPP opted not to submit a bid after it would not agree to the service framework the town had laid out.

DiCarlo calls the decision "disappointing", but says it came down to being accountable.

He says the OPP wasn't willing to compromise.

"Other municipalities, basically, as I understood it, just accepted whatever the OPP gave them, but as a town we said no. We already know what our policing needs are. So we will tell you the guidelines, you just tell us what it's going to cost us and as I understand it, the province was not content in working in those guidelines."

He says the town was looking for a transparent service.

"How could we confirm that we were getting what we paid for if they were not prepared to meet our guidelines which was simply that, us holding them accountable to give us what we paid for. For example, in neighbouring municipalities, if they contracted for three, four police officers at a time the OPP will not tell you whether you're getting that."

He says the OPP was being secretive about what service would be provided.

"They say they're providing the service, but we can't confirm exactly what that means," says DiCarlo. "They fall back to the, 'We're providing effective and efficient policing.' Well what does that mean? We gave you money for specific services and you won't tell us whether we're getting that or not."

LaSalle Police declined being part of the bidding process as well, making the Windsor Police the only service to send a proposal to Amherstburg. DiCarlo says Windsor Police has agreed to provide the service the town is looking for.

Council is expected to discuss the matter early next year.