Leamington One Step Closer to Finding New Police Service

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Leamington is one step closer to finding a new police force.

The municipality terminated its agreement with the OPP in June because it was unhappy with the level of service — MPM Consulting was then hired to guide the process of finding an alternative.

A report will go before council Tuesday night outlining the criteria the town will be looking for when it puts out a request for proposals in the fall.

Mayor Hilda MacDonald says council will now have to approve requirements that go above and beyond reacting to crime.

"I'm very happy that it looks like we're covering everything," she says. "If there's someone on council that sees something missing I'm sure they will bring it to light."

Community outreach services, control over auxiliary police officers and input on deployment are just a few of the items MacDonald says are spelled out for those who apply.

"Traffic enforcement, response policies, minimum uniform staffing levels; things that we have not had readily available to us," she added.

If the recommendations are adopted, MacDonald will sit on a committee to review future proposals.

She says two members of council and public representation will need to be selected as well.

"Council has to direct administration to advertise for two members of the public for that evaluation committee," she says.

If approved, MacDonald says ads will go out for committee members in the coming weeks.

She says it's still too early to set a hard deadline for when they'll send out the request for proposals.

Council begins its livestream at 6 p.m.