Once the new police board is formed after the municipal election, they’ll be asked to move forward and press for decision on the city police services building, whether it’s a new build or renovations.

After a crack appeared in late August or September, North Bay’s Police Chief Shawn Devine tells BayToday insurance people are coming in and that has yet to lead to a structural review.

“This is not just about building a brand new building, this is about providing an environment that is safe, not only for the people that work here, but the people we deal with on a regular basis,” he says.

Devine also says they have other agencies including Crime Stoppers and Victim Assistance working out of the building, too.

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Meantime, the North Bay Police Association is fine tuning it’s list of recommended council candidates and it’s expected to be released Saturday.

Association President Aaron Northrup tells BayToday they’re reviewing responses to a questionnaire sent out to all of the candidates.

He says it’s important to know the difference between municipal and detachment policing, pointing out it’s not a shot against the OPP or their officers.

“It’s a different level of service. We feel we’re your coaches, your friends, your next door neighbours. We’re in the community and it’s really important for us to get out there and get into this election,” Northrup says.

Mental health calls was another issue covered with the candidates.

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