A big change is coming to West Nipissing tomorrow as the OPP officially takes over the duties from the West Nipissing Police Service.
Last week the OPP announced that Inspector Michael Maville, is the new Detachment Commander of the Nipissing West OPP Detachment effective immediately.
West Nipissing's council voted to disband their local police service. The transition to the OPP will take effect tomorrow at noon.
The transition is almost a year overdue.
The OPP originally proposed an October 2018 transition but following a judicial review dismissal, the date was changed to this past February and now has been delayed until tomorrow.
Due to delays in transition the town now anticipates it will save money by having the OPP replace the local force in five years.
The town expects that with shared building costs and reallocations, projected yearly savings are estimated at one million dollars.
Cst. Michelle Coulombe says the OPP has hired 18 uniform officers, two civilians, and one special constable from the West Nipissing Police Service.
All of the uniformed officers will be working out of the Sturgeon Falls location.
"The OPP looks forward to a positive working relationship with the Municipality of West Nipissing and its residents," said Constable Carmel McDonald in a news release.
Important OPP telephone contact information:
- For immediate 24/7 assistance, or to report an incident (Non-Emergency), call: 1-888-310-1122.
- For administrative matters during business hours (e.g. Criminal Record checks), call: (705) 967-2913 (Warren OPP Satellite Detachment) or (705) 495-3878 (North Bay OPP Detachment)
- In case of an Emergency, dial 9-1-1.