OPP Commissioner sets record straight about policing Orillia

ORILLIA, ON, July 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner Chris Lewis invited local media partners to OPP General Headquarters today (July 15, 2013) to clarify some misinformation about policing services to the City of Orillia that stems from various sources, including a consultant report.

The Commissioner was joined by Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) President Jim Christie, Orillia Detachment Commander Inspector Malcolm Quigley and Municipal Policing Bureau Commander Superintendent Rick Philbin to answer media questions and present facts and perspective relating to the policing service options presented in the consultant's report.

Lewis acknowledged that the cost of providing policing services is a highly complex subject and he provided the media with a copy of a letter he addressed to the people of Orillia to help them become more informed about policing options for their city. 

Lewis and his staff also discussed the possibility of the city reverting to receiving OPP services on a non-contract basis (Section 5.1 Police Services Act) as a viable option which would result in considerable savings for Orillia.

SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police

For further information:

Sgt. Pierre Chamberland, Media Relations Coordinator 
Phone: (705) 329-6878


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