With Leamington’s contract with the OPP now set to expire in June 2021, Chatham-Kent Police Service is one possible organization which could step in to provide the service for its neighbour to the southwest.
Leamington council made the decision June 9. The cost of police for the municipality rose to almost $5.5 million this year from $5.1 million in 2019, but Mayor Hilda MacDonald said the issue was about the level of service they were receiving rather than the cost.
She said she expects that Chatham-Kent’s police service will be one of the options Leamington will consider, but there is still a consultant’s report and request for proposal outlining what the town is looking for to be released.
MacDonald and Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff have been discussing opportunities for shared services since they were elected in 2018 and both said policing was one of the topics that has come up.
“That was probably one of the first things I said for him to consider on his radar, that we would maybe be looking at changing our police service and that Chatham-Kent should seriously consider,” MacDonald said.