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Hamilton Twp. supports joint police board

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Dick Malowney

Dick Malowney


Hamilton Township was the last of five municipal councils in Northumberland County policed by the OPP to support creation of a single police services board for all five of them, says Hamilton Township Police Services Board chair Dick Malowney.

Trent Hills council endorsed it just before Hamilton Township council did on Tuesday afternoon, he told the councillors.

“Now it is up to MPP (Lou Rinaldi) to deliver the package to Queen’s Park,” Malowney said.

There was no discussion before Hamilton Township councillors passed the resolution to create a joint police services board for it, Alnwick/Haldimand, Cramahe, Brighton and Trent Hills. There was, however, a full presentation on the joint board during the previous week’s council session.

The existing boards for Cobourg and the urban and rural area of Port Hope are not part of the joint board project.

Discussions about one police services board policed by the OPP in Northumberland began last summer.

This new joint police services board would, if it gets the necessary legislative support, manage revenues from criminal record checks, traffic collision reports, false alarm billing and other items including supporting the Safe Communities Northumberland group.