Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury Background Notes
for Town Councils Consultants
Joe Levack offers over twenty years of management experience in the public and private sectors, seven years’ service on the Amherstburg Police Services Board and four years as a management consultant with clients in the municipal, police, utility, agriculture, hi-tech and construction sectors.
Roger Hollingworth offers forty years of progressive and diversified policing experience initially with the Town of Preston Police Force, then the Waterloo Regional Police
Service attaining the rank of Deputy Chief. He also served as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Policing Services Division for the Ministry of the Solicitor General for three years. From 2006 through 2010 he served as the Chief of Police for the Town of Amherstburg. Project Mandate
The Town of Innisfil and the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury wish to conduct an analysis of the submitted OPP proposal and compare the ‘joint stand alone’ proposal against the current arrangement and the current costs of the South Simcoe Police Service in an ‘an apples to apples comparison of OPP and SSPS costing alternatives’. Legislative Background
Police Services Act:
Assigns municipalities the responsibility for providing police services. Identifies the core activities for policing in Ontario.
Describes six principles for police services to follow in carrying out those activities.
Set up their own police service;
Arrange with one or more municipalities to have a joint police service for the area;
Hire the police service of another municipality; or Hire the Ontario Provincial Police.
Core Activities: Prevent crime Enforce laws
Assist victims of crime Maintain public order Respond to emergencies Key Principles:
1. Ensuring the safety and security of all people and property in Ontario.
2. Safeguarding the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
3. Working closely with the communities they serve.
4. Respecting victims of crime and working to understand their needs.
5. Being sensitive to the diverse, multiracial and multicultural character of Ontario society.
6. Ensuring that police services are representative of the communities they serve. Documents Reviewed
Outside Documents Police Services Act
Police Resources in Canada (2012) – Statistics Canada Port Hope OPP Cost Analysis Report
Leamington Brief to OCPC – 2010 Leamington transition cost report – 2013
Letter from John Patterson, Mayor of Leamington Hanover Association/Board Arbitration Ruling (2012) SSPS Documents
SSPS budgets – 2009 – 2013
SSPS Human Resources and Staff Training Review – 2009 SSPS Collective Agreements
SSPS organization chart SSPS 2011 Annual Report
Staff report to Innisfil Council – March 20, 2013
Statistical overview of service delivery levels – SSPS – April 18, 2013 SSPS presentation to Councils – April/May 2013
SSPS answers to Council questions – April/May 2013 SSPS Strategic Plan (2011 - 2013)
SSPSPA correspondence with municipalities – March and April, 2013
OPP Cost Recovery Formula Update - October 2012 OPP Presentation to Councils - April/May 2013 OPP Cost Proposals to Councils - April/May 2013 OPP Answers to Councils Questions - April/May 2013 OPP Joint Cost Proposal to Councils - May 8, 2013 Interviews conducted
Chief Rick Beazley
Deputy Chief Al Cheesman Inspector Tom McDonald S/Sgt. Steve Wilson S/Sgt. Lisa Hunt Const. Henry Geoffroy
Executive Assistant Maria Gucciardi
IT & Communications Manager Kim Taylor Finance Manager Andrea Drover
Shared services agreements in place with York and OPP 12 person containment team similar to ERT
Sick time usage = 29 hours per employee
$59,495 in vehicle budget to outfit change from Crown Victoria – ends in 2014 Overtime is 5% of salary budget
Sgt. Steve Haennel S/Sgt. Cathy Bell
Sgt. Liane Spong-Hooyenga Highlights
2014 salaries will be adjusted by 8.55% Jan. 1 with any further adjustments addressed in reconciliation.
Provincial Services Use is an estimate, not a minimum rebate. Auxiliary complement is provincially capped and provided at no cost. No guarantee on minimum number of ERT members
Leamington – Population – 28,000 CAO
OPP start up costs were within $11,000 of estimates Very emotional process (people will lose jobs)
Less administrative issues for municipal staff
Some minor unknown additional expenses: cell phone, furniture, supplies, copier etc.
Actual transition costs were $2.149 million versus internal estimate of $2.733 million
Mayor (excerpt from letter)
“As Mayor I am satisfied with the level of service given by the OPP. They do what they are supposed to do as per their contract. It is a very hands-off relationship but that is to be expected in any contract arrangement. What is missing is community.”
Quinte West – Population – 43,000 CAO, Treasurer and Board Chair
Transition costs met expectations They are only stand alone OPP model
Fire dispatched out of detachment as a separate function Service levels increased with OPP
Annual reconciliation credit of 4 to 4 ½ %
Cost increase of 13% in 2009 renewal but expected Board Budget has remained about the same
Full participation in Commander selection
No regrets with selecting the stand alone model, more direct communication and interaction
Orillia – Population – 31,000 CAO
Transition was 20 years ago
Professional Police Services are provided OPP not nimble and responsive to local issues Costs over estimated, City budgets for annual refund No auditability, simply presented the numbers
Significant increases at each contract renewal “You are buying a service and get it the OPP way” Some by-law enforcement in contract but not pursued Fully functional Board with support staff and budget
Board Chair would not participate in last Commander selection