Police Association challenging Springhill

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SPRINGHILL – The Atlantic Police Association is advocating for its own in a process they say is flawed.

Springhill police are shouldering more than their share of the town's decision to dissolve, the Atlantic Police Association's CEO says.

Chief Executive Officer David Fisher has taken aim at the Town of Springhill for how it presented the call for a policing review more than a year ago, and how its gone by the wayside today in the face of the town announcing its dissolution.

When Springhill called for the policing review, Fisher said, it lumped the force into the community’s protective services budget, which represents more than 40 per cent of the town’s budget. Policing, however, costs Springhill approximately 16 per cent of its budget but today that 40 per cent reference is still being used as other town’s look at the cost of policing and possible dissolution.

“It keeps getting repeated in the terms of cost,” Fisher said. “Most recently the mayor of Kentville repeated those numbers. It’s seems to have taken on a life of its own.”

It may seem like an old axe to grind, but Fisher says he feels challenging the way the cost of policing in Springhill was pitched last year is relevant to the dissolution process taking shape in the community right now.

“I think the finger has been pointed at the police in a roundabout way,” Fisher said. “It started with the whole policing review. Then we were told we’d have a decision quickly. Then, instead of a decision, they announced dissolution with no consultation with the public when we were expecting a decision on policing.”

Like some factions of the community, Fisher said he is upset there was no public consultation before the decision was made and policing options for the community should have been part of that discussion.

“The public should be able to look at the facts and their options, whatever those options are – keep things the same, reduced service or shared service – and decide what is best for them,” Fisher said. “An informed public will make the right decision. If the public, at the end of the day, chose a different service we would accept that.”

In March of this year, the Town of Springhill passed a motion to dismiss the Springhill Police Service at the end of March 2015, in accordance with its agreement to provide 12-months notice of terminating its contract. That decision came after the town announced it could no longer afford to continue as a town.

The town has since announced it will hold a public meeting on May 15 to discuss its financial situation in greater detail.

 

Organizations: Springhill Police Service

Geographic location: Springhill, Kentville

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  • Sharon
    May 03, 2014 - 11:16

    The Springhill Town Police are one of the main reasons why the Town has no money. The Police have been fleecing thet Town for years especially with its unethical way the Police do ovetime to ensure its officers make high salaries.

  • John Alderson
    May 02, 2014 - 11:14

    So on behalf of the Mayor and Council, the Springhill Police Commission calls for policing proposals for the Town of Springhill. The proposals are submitted to the Mayor and Council and the next thing that happens is the Mayor and Council pass a motion to dissolve the Town of Springhill and tell people that once Springhill is part of the Municipality of Cumberland, then the municipal council will decide on policing for Springhill. Everyone assumes the proposals must have been really bad when it caused the Mayor and Council to move to dissolve the town. I have a message for the Springhill Mayor and Council - stop acting like you think no one in Springhill has the ability to read, comprehend, interpret, discuss and be able to reach consensus on what is the best affordable policing option for the town.

  • d
    May 02, 2014 - 08:32

    Bankrupt is bankruptcy, get over it. The politicians can only defy logic and proper economics so long until bites them. Amherst will be soon following.