Town offers input on new policing act

Representatives from town council and the OPP recently travelled to Kenora to provide input on the new Community Safety and Policing Act that will replace the present Police Service Act

Mayor June Caul joined Coun. John McTaggart and Rainy River District OPP detachment commander, Insp. Nathan Schmidt for a roundtable session in Kenora on Feb. 12 where they shared ideas for the new policing act.

“This will impact the change in the relationship to northwestern Ontario as opposed to eastern and southern Ontario, so it was really important that we had an opportunity to voice our opinions about it,” Mayor Caul remarked.

“We all know that quite often when discussions are held on parliament hill, they forget that it’s different here living in the north.”

Mayor Caul added that northwestern Ontario has very unique and different needs, even compared to northern Ontario, which is often grouped together with the northwest.

“We were very pleased to be able to have a say at the table about what they need to consider when this actually comes into play,” she noted.

“Everything is quite confidential at this time as far as roundtable discussions went. It will be continuing throughout the month and into the spring throughout Ontario and then decisions will be made as to what kind of comments and what kind of regulations will come into play as far as the new act goes.”

The roundtables that are being held across the province, are primarily collecting input from community partners, municipal leaders and police constables.