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KLPS requests 1.5 per cent increase from city as provincial grants drop

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KLPS Chief Mark Mitchell also hopes to move forward with a construction upgrade to the police station. Photo: Erin Burrell.

With less money available from the province because of cutbacks, Kawartha Lakes Police Service is looking for a hand from the municipality.

Chair of the Kawartha Lakes Police Services Board Don Thomas presented the 2021 budget estimate to Kawartha Lakes council for their consideration, asking for a 1.49 per cent increase in funding. This would amount to an additional $123,294 allocated to the municipal police force whose responsibilities include Lindsay and part of the old Ops Township.

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Police Chief Mark Mitchell reminds people of obligations under stay-at-home order

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KLPS Chief Mark Mitchell. Photo: Erin Burrell.

Kawartha Lakes Police Chief Mark Mitchell is asking that people comply with the Province’s stay-at-home order as much as possible due to the ongoing pandemic — but police will not randomly ask people for personal details.

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More money for cameras at geared-to-income housing to help counter gang activity

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L to R: Don Thomas, chair of Police Services Board, chief of police KLPS Mark Mitchell, MPP Laurie Scott, and CEO of the KLH Housing Corp., Hope Lee.

A new provincial grant of $19,125 will see additional closed circuit television cameras installed at city-managed, geared-to-income housing properties in Lindsay.

Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Brock MPP Laurie Scott, Kawartha Lakes Police Services chief Mark Mitchell, Kawartha Haliburton Housing Corporation director Hope Lee and Police board member Don Thomas made the recent announcement in front of the police station in downtown Lindsay.

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Progressive police chief sees strong community partnerships as key

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Kawartha Lakes Police Service Chief Mark Mitchell. Photo: Erin Smith.

Back in high school in Streetsville in the mid 1980s, Mark Mitchell’s friend wanted to fill out an application to join the local police force in Peel Region. The only thing was, his friend didn’t have a car. Fortunately, Mitchell had his parents’ car and got him there to fill out the application.

“I decided while I was there I might as well apply, too,” says Mitchell. In the end, his friend’s application was rejected while Mitchell was accepted onto the force.

What started out as perhaps an afterthought by a young man just starting out, has turned into a distinguished career. Mitchell is now Chief Mark Mitchell of the Kawartha Lakes Police Service, having officially taken on the role Aug. 31, after former Chief John Hagarty retired.

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