Sharing Resources Among Police Services (Synopsis)

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Police Service

Description: The Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Police Service has found innovative ways to save costs by sharing its resources with other police services for a fee. Rather than pay user fees for time at a firing range, the police service purchased a mobile shooting range, which it has rented out to six police organizations since 2011. Police services from Roussillon, Richelieu Saint-Laurent, Memphrémagog, Bromont and Châteauguay, and the CN Police, all use the shooting range.

The Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Police Service is also concluding negotiations with the Sûreté du Québec to rent out its cells for Sûreté du Québec prisoners (via a formal protocol).
Objective: This initiative seeks to reduce costs for all police organizations involved, through the sharing of resources.
Outcomes: This initiative has reduced overtime costs and travel time: the mobile shooting range is transported directly to the various police services, saving officers the time of travelling to a shooting range location.
Resources: The Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Police Service secured a 15-year $500,000 loan to buy the mobile shooting range. This cost is being recovered through rental fees ($225 per day) paid by the six police organizations. Each of the six organizations has signed a three-year lease, for a total of 230 rental days and $51,750 in revenue per year. Annual loan payments, including interest, amount to $46,000 per year. The repayment plan is based on the assumption that the leases with the six police organizations will be renewed for the duration of the 15-year loan.
Province: Quebec
Record Entry Date: 2013-08-01
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