CHEAP SEATS: Cost shouldn’t be only factor in policing decision

The one thing anyone can say positively about who should police Stirling-Rawdon Township is that the issue should go beyond just dollars and cents.

Stirling-Rawdon will hold a public meeting Wednesday on the cost of switching from municipal policing to OPP in part because of concerns about the rising costs of policing.

But policing is about a myriad of issues.

Yes cost is an issue, particularly over time. Some local areas have, in the past, faced rising OPP costs with no local input, although a new funding formula seems to have eased those concerns for now.

But other issues that are less tangible include responsiveness to local concerns and input, as well as transparency on a local level, both of which can be issues under OPP auspices.

On the other hand, the OPP can bring to bear resources far greater than any local force could afford when they are needed. And that can, in many ways, be worth more than its value on the bottom line as well.

All of which is to say that Stirling Rawdon residents need to have their say and need to be heard on what they want from policing, not just in terms of what is cheapest but what will serve the community best, for many years to come.

That, as they say, is priceless.

I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats.

From the Cheap Seats can be heard Monday to Friday at 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and noon on 95.5 Hits FM and Cool 100.1

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