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Our Contract With the OPP

The contract for policing services is negotiated every 5 years between the Town of Petawawa and the Contract Branch of the OPP. Our current contract was adopted by By-law 1372/20 on November 16, 2020, and is in effect from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2025.

The contract costs for policing services to the Town over the past few years has been:

  • 2021 - $1,757,756
  • 2020 - $1,777,484
  • 2019 - $1,761,050
  • 2018 - $1,753,441
  • 2017 - $1,779,083
  • 2016 - $1,752,550
  • 2015 - $1,742,994
  • 2014 - $1,573,323
  • 2013 - $1,487,583
  • 2012 - $1,514,759

All Ontario municipalities, that are policed by the Ontario Provincial Police, pay for OPP provided policing-related services using the same method and format. Each municipal property is assessed using two components.

1.  A “Base amount”, which reflects all the costs of training, outfitting and equipping a police service; and

2.  A reactive “calls for service” amount. Each time a Town resident calls the OPP for assistance, an assessed dollar value is applied to that call which reflects the time needed to address the individual call.

The costs associated with a municipality’s need for specialized services and investigative teams required for some situations are not charged back.

These services are requested and deployed under the direction and authority of the Detachment Commander.

The Town of Petawawa is not charged for any calls that the OPP may respond to on the Garrison Petawawa north and south townsites.