Springhill to disband police

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SPRINGHILL - The first domino has fallen since the Town of Springhill announced it will dissolve into the county, with council passing a motion Tuesday afternoon to disband the Springhill Police Service.

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"The future of policing will be decided by the transition team as part of the application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board," Mayor Max Snow said.

The motion, Deputy Mayor Darrell White said, is a contractual formality that the town, as employers, are required to give the department 12-months notice before terminating its services. Through dissolution, the town will no longer exist as a legal entity on April 1, 2015, meaning notice needs to be made now.

The Springhill Police Service may still have hope if the transition team, made up of members of the Town of Springhill and the Municipality of Cumberland County, decide to continue their employ along with the RCMP, who already service the county, but the notice was still not welcome news.

"It's a sad day for the Town of Springhill," police officer and union president Doug Williams said. "There's been a police force here since 1889. Hopefully the officers will find employment."

Williams admits the motion wasn't a shock given policing in Springhill was under review prior to the announcement to dissolve the town, but he hopes the transition team doesn't dismiss the need for a police presence in the community after April 1, 2015.

"There has to be some sort of policing in the town," Williams said. "Ultimately now, it's going to be the county to make that decision."

Organizations: Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, Springhill Police Service, RCMP

Geographic location: Springhill, Cumberland County

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  • Ron Grant
    March 29, 2014 - 07:03

    The Springhill Police have provided our family with good and speedy service over the years we have lived in this Community.As a force,they will be missed.I hope they will continue to serve the Community in the years to come. The Grant Family

  • Ron Grant
    March 29, 2014 - 06:51

    The Springhill Police have provided our family with good and speedy service over the years we have lived in this Community.As a force,they will be missed.I hope they will continue to deserve the Community in the years to come. The Grant Family

  • Sharon
    March 26, 2014 - 17:07

    The Springhill Police and the amount of overtime they were doing is part of the reason why the town has to dissolve. They were costing the town too much money! They demanded too much, and overtime was put in by the officers to ensure their high wages.

  • Harvey
    March 26, 2014 - 10:30

    Do you people even care about the job loss at all, a police officer is not only a "cop" they are a husband a father a sister a brother a friend and a neighbour. Just remember that.

  • Jack on the Rocks
    March 26, 2014 - 10:04

    Cory,if it takes that long for SPD to respond,you might as well have the RCMP anyways I guess...

  • Jack on the Rocks
    March 26, 2014 - 08:04

    Good luck with that..Springhill will be a free for all....Half hour for RCMP response to any call that is made from there.....

    • Cory Slaunwhite
      March 26, 2014 - 08:15

      To Jack on the Rocks....Good point Jack. That half hour for the RCMP to respond is a lot better than the average 40 to 45 minutes the local police are taking to respond now. Well said sir.

  • Mike
    March 26, 2014 - 06:16

    As N SYNC would sing, Bye, Bye, Bye

  • Change is welcome
    March 25, 2014 - 22:24

    The RCMP are probably a good thing to happen to our community.

  • Bill Park
    March 25, 2014 - 21:10

    I do not disagree with the decision the Town of Springhill has made. In these tough economic times, it seems to make total sense that Cumberland County should at least consider Regional Government. Explore the options, and the savings of co-operating. It doesn't mean any Community will lose their identity, it means we share expenses equally As a former Mayor of the Town of Oxford, I have been an advocate of Regional Government for quite some time. Maybe its time for all councils to sit down and have a round table discussion on how this can be achieved, there will be tax dollars saved., and a more balanced sharing of expenses. Just a thought.

    • Debbie
      March 26, 2014 - 07:32

      No police in Springhill is a lot different than no police in Oxford , bars, a prison, etc in Springhill, drugs, break & enters, rapes. I would not want to live there with not full time policing. what are you people thinking.

    • Debbie
      March 26, 2014 - 07:33

      No police in Springhill is a lot different than no police in Oxford , bars, a prison, etc in Springhill, drugs, break & enters, rapes. I would not want to live there with not full time policing. what are you people thinking.

    • Debbie
      March 26, 2014 - 07:42

      No police in Springhill is a lot different than no police in Oxford , bars, a prison, etc in Springhill, drugs, break & enters, rapes. I would not want to live there with not full time policing. what are you people thinking.