Transition Underway For OPP Policing In Town Of Espanola – Call OPP For Criminal Checks – Downtown Station To Be Shut Down For Renovations.

The Ontario Provincial Police has made it official that the Town of Espanola will transition from being policed by the Espanola Police Service to the OPP in mid-October.
The transition takes place on October 11th at 6:00pm.
The Ontario Civilian Police Commission approved the disbandment of the Espanola Police Service on August 30th.
As part of the transition, the current Espanola Police Service station at 76 Center Street will be temporarily closed between October 11th and November 9th while undergoing renovations.
Espanola residents can contact the OPP at the detachment on Highway 17 or call for service at 705-869-1211.
The OPP has also taken over criminal checks and vulnerable searches as of now.
Meanwhile, as of press time, the Espanola Police Service and the Police Board had yet to publicly announce an agreement. Initial mediation talks failed earlier in September and the matters went to arbitration on Monday, September 24th.
Espanola Police Association President, Constable Ed Stortz, says the police association and the town met to discuss a number of issues related to the impending disbanding of the police service and a contract since the members have been without one since December 2016.
Stortz says the severance packages are high priority since the Espanola Police Service will be officially disbanded by October 11th and will paid out by the municipality.
The terminations affect 20 people; the chief, 11 officers, dispatchers and a full-time court clerk.
Photo by Rosalind Russell

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One Response to Transition Underway For OPP Policing In Town Of Espanola – Call OPP For Criminal Checks – Downtown Station To Be Shut Down For Renovations.

  1. Ian says:

    Goodbye taxpayers and people who used to spend their money in Espanola…

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