Chad Barrette Answers Question 13 Re Police Contract

Chad Barrette, another newly registered candidate, has answered Question 13:

As I have stated in my campaign literature I like to be transparent.  The police contract can be found on the website or just Click here for the contract.  Look at section 34 for the OPP Buyout Clause.  As I understand it, enacting a buyout clause would be quite expensive.  I won’t publish the exact figures until I can verify them.

As we have one of Canada’s safest communities under the current police structure it would seem that switching to the OPP may not be the best choice.  The current Amherstburg Police Contract is two tiered, only the Police Officers who were hired before October 15th, 2001 would get the full buy out amount even if they were not hired by the OPP.  They would receive 3 months of salary for every year or part of a year worked.  Those hired after Oct 15th, 2001 would receive 3 weeks pay per year worked but only if they are not hired by the OPP.  There are other details included that you can read about benefits and job re-training.

My concern with the OPP is the rising costs of contract settlements made by arbitrators, the salaries and benefit package amounts have been rising faster than the level of inflation. Arbitrators do not have to take into consideration the ability of municipalities to pay.  The Ontario government is currently in negotiations to change the way municipalities are billed by the O.P.P..  I believe it would be a good idea to see how this new funding model actually works in other communities before we jump into a contract with the O.P.P.

I also believe that the current council should allow the next council to decide on the police contract rather than try to rush it through before the new council arrives.