Leamington OPP Hours Could Change

Leamington OPP station. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

Leamington’s OPP station may not be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week anymore despite having close to two years remaining on a contract with the provincial police.

OPP tell the municipality in a February 20, 2014 letter it will be more efficient for data entry positions currently in Leamington to be centralized elsewhere in southwestern Ontario. According to the letter, as of April 1, 2014 the station will be staffed from 8am to 4pm like every other OPP detachment in the province but, if Leamington wants to continue having 24/7 service, the price is $339,320 to cover the staff needed.

“We need to know, do you want to continue with the 24/7,” says John Paterson, Leamington’s mayor, pointing to the strong debate focused on station hours during the shift from municipal police to OPP. “Has all of that settled down now to a point where you really don’t care, as long as you know there’s policing here?”

Paterson is “not impressed” by the OPP decision with the service contract for Leamington outlining 24/7 detachment service until the expiry of the contract on December 31, 2015. A public meeting will be set up to get feedback before a council decision is made.