A Durham Region Police staff report once again has confirmed the cost of policing in Durham Region is among the lowest of similar sized services. Durham ranked the third lowest in operating cost per capita at $286 for 2017. Durham’s cost per capita is 7 per cent lower than the average of other comparable police services in Ontario. The Durham Police Service was compared to police services in Halton, York, Waterloo, Hamilton, Niagara, Peel and Toronto. There are concerns about the future though. Chief Paul Martin expressed his concern over the impact of a recent court decision removing the ability of an animal protection agency to enforce animal welfare laws. The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Humane Society will no longer be permitted to provide enforcement services as of March 31, 2019. An initial estimate is that this decision will add about 350 calls each year to the DRPS workload.