THE CORPORATION OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF CALLANDER
MEDIA RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 22, 2021
For Immediate Release
RE: City of North Bay Police – Cancellation of Negotiations for Policing Contract
As Mayor, I want to express my disappointment in how the Municipality was informed by the City of North Bay’s Police Services Board of their intent to not proceed with the negotiations to renew the Police Contract. No reasons were provided in an e-mail sent to Callander’s Senior Municipal Director at 9 pm Tuesday, and there was no opportunity to discuss their decision or gain insight into the decision prior to it being announced to the public.We were having productive conversations with Deputy Chief Michael Daze and Detective Sergeant Jeff Warner, over several meetings these last nine months, and we were eager to move the Municipality forward with our new “community-focused” policing model. We have noticed a change in our policing needs in the last year, and with the casino development opening soon, Council wanted to ensure we were ready and able to adjust our policing needs accordingly. We are disappointed that we will not be able to further build our relationship that we have had for over 16 years with CNB Police. We do look forward however, to developing a new and productive relationship with the OPP.
I am dismayed that the Police Services Board indicated in their media post that the exploration of pricing from the OPP may have been their reason to cancel the negotiations. As a Mayor and Council, it is our duty and responsibility to ensure that we are fiscally responsible by exploring pricing and service contracts with other providers, to ensure we are delivering the best services for the best price to our residents. We have done this in the past, just like the City of North Bay has done most recently in 2018. We had anticipated that the City of North Bay’s Police Service Board would appreciate and understand the need for us to be accountable to the taxpayers that we represent.
The Municipality would like to assure its residents that quality policing services will continue to be provided as Council manages the switch over to the OPP. Staff have already made contact and are working on a plan to ensure a smooth transition and look forward to working with the OPP in establishing a new contract, with a “community-focused” approach.
We wish the City of North Bay’s Police Service Board the best of luck in their future endeavors and want to thank Deputy Chief Michael Daze and Detective Sergeant Jeff Warner for working together with us these past few months. We also want to thank Chief Todd and the numerous police officers that have served this community in such an outstanding manner over the last 16 years.
Mayor Robb Noon
Posted: September 22, 2021 @ 4:25 p.m.