At the County Council Meeting on 25 January, Brighton Mayor Brian Ostrander made a motion to “approve a budget of $75,000 to retain a consultant to update the 2007 ‘Policing Study Final Report for Northumberland County’, in order to investigate opportunities for a consolidated police service in Northumberland County.” His motion was seconded by Cobourg Mayor Lucas Cleveland and passed with the support of Port Hope Mayor Olena Hankivsky and Alnwick/Haldimand Township Mayor John Logel. In an interview, Lucas said that there are increasing problems with officers being on long term disability because of PTSD and that Cobourg Police are having difficulty with recruiting and that a larger Police force would make it easier to resolve this. Mayor Cleveland sees this as part of his plan to continually look at ways to save money for the Town.
This would not happen overnight and Lucas suggests that one possible transition would be to start with merging the Port Hope and Cobourg Police forces – this could also happen in a shorter time-frame.
But the first step is to complete the study of costs and benefits and that will now happen.
A report by Northumberland News included an interview with Brighton Mayor Brian Ostrander and in that interview, Brian said that an “amalgamated force would save, quite literally, millions of dollars across the county.” Brian also said “I know that Cobourg is going to be looking at a tremendously expensive new build for their headquarters, which is becoming long in the tooth. They’re looking at a two- or three-year new build for that coming up.” (This was also reported in Cobourg News Blog here). It seems that any merger should happen before there is any new building.
- Northumberland News article – by Natalie Hamilton in Brighton Independent, Thursday, February 2, 2023
- Minutes of County Council Meeting – 25 January 2023
- Police Facility Condition Assessment and Functional Space Analysis (RFP)