Gananoque council has passed a bylaw to authorize the mayor and clerk to sign a court security and prisoner transportation program transfer agreement with the province.
This occurred during Tuesday’s council meeting and was passed unanimously.
For 2024, the Court Security and Prisoner Transportation Program has allocated $52,828 to the Town of Gananoque to be used to offset the actual costs incurred by the Gananoque Police Service to provide court security and prisoner transport.
The Chief of Police included $71,638 in the 2024 budget as expected revenues to offset the projected costs for 2024 as this was the total allocation in 2023.
Gananoque does not have a functioning courthouse, which means all accused persons who are held in custody must be transported to the local courthouse in Brockville.
Municipalities and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police lobbied previous provincial governments to provide financial assistance for court security and prisoner transport.
The argument was that the cost of court security more specifically should be the responsibility of the Minister of the Attorney General’s office as they have direct oversight of all court related costs and issues.
In 2012, the province initiated the Court Security and Prisoner Transportation Program to alleviate the financial impact of costs associated with court security and prisoner transportation.