South Simcoe Police Service
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The South Simcoe Police Service is a municipal police force in Ontario, Canada providing service to the municipalities of Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury. It came into existence on January 1, 1997, through the amalgamation of the Innisfil Police Service and Bradford West Gwillimbury Police Service. The neighbouring Barrie Police Service was part of the initial proposal but did not participate in the amalgamation.
The police force is also responsible for waterway policing on the Holland River and parts of Lake Simcoe.
The South Simcoe Police Service has 74 officers and 43 civilian staff members. The police force also has a complement of auxiliary officers.
Municipal councillors for The Town of Innisfil have been critical of the 6.75% budget increase for 2011 - with at least one councillor calling for the municipalities to look at other policing options. Bradford West Gwillimbury is also looking at other policing options - with counsel voting in favour of asking the Ontario Provincial Police for a proposal to provide policing.
The police service operates out of two divisions. The South Division is based in a new building located at 81 Melbourne Drive in Bradford; it opened in January 2008 and houses most of the administration staff, criminal investigations branch, identification bureau, communications, and uniform patrol. The North Division has been extensively renovated and is located at 2137 Innisfil Beach Road in Innisfil. The Services Traffic and Marine Unit, Victims of Crime (VCARS) and uniform patrol operate out of this building. A community office was located at the Cookstown Outlet Mall at Highways 400 and 89 but closed in early 2013.
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