Council satisifed with response time

Town council seemed satisfied with the outcome of an investigation into the local OPP’s response time to emergencies which was spurred by a complaint from a west-end resident earlier this fall.
The complaint had been made by a woman on River Road West, who called in an assault in progress involving a couple of high school students near her home by the water tower.
She later claimed it took 20 minutes or more for police to respond.
But Fort Frances OPP S/Sgt. Hugh Dennis’ report, which was brought up for discussion by Coun. Sharon Tibbs at Monday’s night regular meeting, stated police responded much quicker than that.
He said Sgt. Larry Indian went through tapes from the call centre, the officers’ notebooks, and conducted personnel interviews to find out how long the actual response time was.
“The response time by the offices from the time of the call being made and the two officers’ arrival at the scene of the assault was five minutes and seven minutes respectively,” S/Sgt. Hugh Dennis noted.
“Notwithstanding the fact that the officers were involved in another priority-one call at the time, I feel that the response time was excellent,” he added.
Lafreniere did not withdraw her complaint, S/Sgt. Dennis said, but she did indicate to Sgt. Indian that she was “satisfied with the investigation” and considered the matter resolved.
“Another complainant who sent a letter directly to my office has withdrawn her complaint,” S/Sgt. Dennis added.


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