The current policing debate for the Municipality of Meaford is a tough decision for the future council following the upcoming municipal elections with much debate taking place over the situation. This article has not been written to extend the virtues of one policing option, the Owen Sound Police Service (OSPS) proposal, over another, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). That is the responsibility of both the new Owen Sound and Meaford councils in co-ordination with their separate retained consultants to make any such decision.
It should be noted that the Police Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, as well as Ontario Regulation 3/99 Adequacy and Effectiveness of Police Services provide the operating procedures on how police services are provided within a municipality, as well as any shared policing agreements to provide specialty services to the municipality so that those costs are not duplicated or a burden to that sole municipality. Both Owen Sound and Meaford must adhere to these standards regardless of the choice of policing provider.