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New Glasgow council won’t be providing a policing proposal to the Town of Stellarton for the time being.
New Glasgow council approved an in-camera recommendation to pass on drawing up a proposal from the Committee of the Whole meeting on Oct. 1 at the council meeting on Oct. 15.
“This decision was made after careful consideration and due to several factors. It was initially decided that the Town of New Glasgow would submit a proposal for providing policing services for Stellarton if we could obtain additional operational background and the future service needs for Stellarton," Mayor Barrie MacMillan said in a press release.
"This additional information was necessary for the completion of a thorough proposal. Despite two written attempts, the information requested was not received and the Town of Stellarton also indicated that the option of maintaining the Stellarton Police Department was still an option being considered."
The Town of Stellarton decided to ask other municipalities if they were interested in taking over their police force at a council meeting in late July.
The Town of Westville, the Town of New Glasgow and the RCMP had until Aug. 16 to decide if they were interested and would have to submit a formal application by Sept. 20.
The Town of New Glasgow asked the Town of Stellarton on Aug. 16 for a large list of background information on police operations including five years of budget information, five years of prisoner counts, five years of occurrence statistics, copies of Stellarton policies and bylaws relating to policing as well as several other pieces of information.
According to a release from the Town of New Glasgow, some of this information was received on Aug. 27, but not all.
The proposal submission deadline was extended until Oct. 11.
The Town of New Glasgow sent another letter on Sept. 11, requesting the rest of the information as well as clarification about Stellarton’s operating costs.
“The submission of the proposal was given great thought but there was significant information missing that would have been required to produce a proposal that is in keeping with our best practices and standards, and that information was not forthcoming," New Glasgow Police Chief Delaney Chisholm said in the release.
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