In 1998, the Town of Mono entered into a Section 10 Agreement with the Ontario Provincial Police to provide policing services to our Town. Since that time, a most satisfactory relationship has been developed between Mono and the Dufferin Detachment of the OPP, which has provided us with excellent service.
Provincial law mandated the creation of a three-person Mono Police Services Board whose duties and responsibilities are specified in the Ontario Police Services Act. The Board consists of a member of Mono Council, a Mono resident appointed by Council and a Mono resident appointed by the Province. These three positions are currently held by Chair Brenda Teeter (Provincial appointee), Vice-Chair and Mono Deputy-Mayor Ken McGhee, and community representative David Boyce. Tess Smith serves as the Board’s secretary.
Meetings are always attended by O.P.P. Detachment Commander Steve Sills and, when possible, Sgt. Derek Zayakchowski, who is in charge of the Mono team. A representative from the Mono Community Policing Committee is also frequently in attendance.
Board Meetings during 2013 are scheduled for February 5, June 4, September 3 and November 5 and would normally be held at the Municipal Office. However, due to ongoing renovations at that location, our meetings this year will be held at the OPP Detachment Office at 506312 Highway 89 in Primrose. A schedule of meeting dates is posted in local newspapers at the beginning of each year.
All meetings are open to the public; however, times are subject to change. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting or make a presentation to the Board, should contact Board Secretary Tess Smith at (519) 941-6809 to confirm the meeting date and/or make an appointment. Tess may also be reached by e-mail at
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Mono is fortunate to have a RoadWatch program in effect, initiated by the Mono Policing Committee. A Neighbourhood Watch program has been in effect in the Cardinal Woods subdivision for several years, and a second such program is being organized by residents of the Purple Hill area, also with the assistance of the Mono Policing Committee and OPP Staff.
Twice a year, the Dufferin Police Services Boards which are served by the OPP meet to discuss issues of mutual interest and to hear presentations relevant to the local policing community. The most recent meeting, in October 2011, included a presentation by a representative of the Office of the Independent Policing Review Director, which handles formal complaints against the police. Previous meetings have included demonstrations by the OPP Canine Unit and the USAR and CBRNE Response Teams (Urban Search and Rescue; and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear materials and Explosives Disposal Unit).