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Hamilton Twp. hears 2014 policing report

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Gary Woods

Gary Woods

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - 

The OPP is continuing to focus on analyzing motor vehicle collisions, assaults, fraud and mental health issues in Hamilton Township, according to a 2014 year-end Hamilton Township Police Services Board report provided to Township council.

The board, which monitors the OPP policing contract for the Township, is also committed to ensuring the monitoring of up to six roads "identified by concerned citizens," the report states. The police board also plans to support establishment of "community safety zones" in each hamlet where with increased fines and lowered speed limits.

The new OPP contract is based on an operating model where 40% of costs are for calls for service and Township Deputy Mayor Gary Woods has said, in the past, that these will be monitored and reported to council on an ongoing basis.

"The Board will be very involved in monitoring the monthly statistical information provided to the Board (by the OPP)," the report also states.

Northumberland OPP provides contract policing for six municipalities (Port Hope Ward 2, Hamilton Township, Alnwick / Haldimand Township, Trent Hills, Brighton and Cramahe Township) in the county, plus policing for Alderville First Nation.

For Hamilton Township, the OPP has committed to enhancing radar patrols, reducing the use of ATVs on public roadways and enhancing the feeling of residents' safety with high visibility patrols, its own statement pledges.

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