End of an era, rise of a new one: OPP to take over Orangville policing services at noon today

Today marks a day of change in Orangeville as the transition from the Orangeville Police Service to Ontario Provincial Police begins at noon.

“Want to welcome you to Orangeville, this has been a long time coming, and we want to see a smooth transition,” said Orangeville Mayor Sandy Brown. “The town is very happy to have you join our community.”

At the Sept. 29 Orangeville council meeting, Acting Inspector Nicol Randall of the OPP spoke with council about the transition, addressing any questions from members regarding what Orangeville could expect.

“I am certainly very happy to be here, and we are very excited for the transfer,” said Insp. Randall.

“It’s a super busy time for all of us, and we are trying to make sure we get all the i’s are dotted, t’s crossed, cars in place, telephones working, and all that kind of stuff. We’re very happy, ready to go, and look forward to Thursday.”

During the transition, things will operate a little differently while OPP gets settled.

The Orangeville officers who were hired with the provincial detachment will be heading off to the OPP college in Orillia for the next month, with officers from Primrose and neighbouring detachments assisting in providing coverage in the meantime.

“Once the officers are in Orangeville, they will be on patrol and visible as much as possible” said Insp. Randall. “They will be in town, and they are being strategically placed when they are doing computer work, so that they can respond to calls as quickly as possible.”

It’s no secret this transition has generated mixed feelings in town, with many OPS supporters and OPP supporters clashing over the debates and costing scenarios during this term and the previous term of council.

Though for many, it is a sad day to see the end of a service that has existed for over 150 years. As the police station closes its doors at 12 p.m. today to begin renovations on the building, the door will also be closing on the OPS.

“The Orangeville Police Service thanks all community members for their support over the years, as well as during this transitional period,” said Const. Scott Davis in a media release on Monday.

During the renovations, the station will not be accessible to the public, though Insp. Randall confirmed two officers will be working out of the building.

Dwight Peer, Chief Superintendent, OPP Central Region, also attended the meeting and shared his thoughts on the move forward.

“We’re very excited to be a part of the community. It has been a lot of hard work, and a lot of people have done some good work in preparing for the transition,” said Chief Supt Peer.

“I believe the OPS officers are very excited to be coming up to the training session, and we look forward to getting to know them even better in that setting.”

On Monday, OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique issued a statement on the transition, noting that as a gateway to Dufferin County, Orangeville hosts a number of services that are utilized by residents throughout the area, making it a unique town.

“Though the town faces challenges similar to larger urban centres and hosts many visitors, it continues to maintain its sense of community,” he said. “The (OPP) look forward to providing policing service to the Town of Orangeville while creating and developing relationships with the community.”



While calls for emergencies will remain as normal through 9-1-1 services, anyone wishing to reach out for non-emergency calls is encouraged to call 1-888-310-1122 or can contact the Orangeville building of the OPP Dufferin detachment at 519-942-1711.
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