Money renewed for Cornwall police officers

Cornwall Deputy Police Chief Danny Aikman, left, and Chief Dan Parkinson during a police board meeting on Jan. 28, 2015. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Provincial funding for five front-line police officers in Cornwall will continue through 2019.

The Cornwall Police Services Board renewed its contract this month with the Ontario Safer Communities – 1,000 Officers Partnership Program.

The Cornwall Community Police Service receives $35,000 for the officers. There is $175,000 in the 2018 police budget to cover the balance of their salaries.

The latest agreement runs through the end of April 2019.

Chief Dan Parkinson told Cornwall Newswatch the program may change but they have been assured the funding will be still there, meaning there won’t be an added weight on local taxpayers.

“They (the Ontario government) are talking about re-purposing that grant money. They gave us the option this year of continuing on with…the guidelines…however the future may be under a different name. But we’ve been assured that the funding should remain intact for us,” Parkinson said.

The police force has 87 front-line officers.

The 1,000 Officers Partnership Program has been around since 2006 when it was launched by then-Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

“It’s been a regular part of our budget revenue stream since 2006,” the chief added.