OPP Dealing With Staff Shortages

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 13:49 PM

The OPP says it's facing the same sort of staffing challenges other businesses and agencies in Kenora are dealing with.

Acting inspector Shaun Crabbe says about 20 percent of their constable positions are vacant right now.

"Between vacancies, long term absenses, WSI related absences and workplace accomondations, so officers that are not operational,  approximately 20 percent of our total complement is off". 

Crabbe says that puts a lot of pressure on them, with an increasing workload.

"It does obviously create stressers.  Especially for front-line officers who are responding.  As trends we see now to increased volume of calls for service and our staffing is trending down". 

Crabbe says he's not expecting any new constables for the Kenora Detachment until the fall.