Penetanguishene councillor wants police services objectives brought forward

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A Penetanguishene councillor wants the town's police services board (PSB) to provide a formal report to council.

Coun. Jessica Klug brought up the issue at a recent council meeting during which she and her peers had to vote on the PSB objectives that were embedded in the agenda.

"I'm not aware how the reporting structure works," she said. "And I don't believe we've had any communication to council from the police service board recently. I'm wondering how do we get updates on the goals and objectives."

Coun. Brian Cummings, who is on the board, took the question.

"You have a copy of the goals and objectives in this agenda," he said. "However, there is (information) on our website as well what they're doing. You could talk to me or Coun. (Michel) Mayotte."

Cummings added the objectives are no different than they are in any other year.

"It's just minor tweaking to open communications to our business stakeholders and downtown businesses," he said. "(The OPP) want to improve some road safety, be it there are a lot of impaireds on the road lately. They want to encourage people to report various incidents so they're going to be talking to people that way. They're going to try and get some improved visibility in some of the high-incident areas."

Klug said a more formal presentation to council would be a preferred method of sharing information.

"That would be very nice," she said. "We've seen a lot of updates to our bylaw, which is great, but I have no clue with what's happening with police services in our town."

CAO Jeff Lees said presenting to council is an annual requirement that PSBs have to fulfil.

"At our next meeting, I can have some conversation with our board," he said. "It would be reasonable to have a couple of updates a year from the board and ultimately from the detachment commander. Typically, there's an opportunity annually for the board to update council. And that hasn't happened this year. That's something we will look to make happen in the next year."

The PSB's next meeting will be at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, March 8.

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,