Espanola Police Association President, Constable Ed Stortz, says the police association will be sitting down to discuss a number of issues related to the impending disbanding of the police service.

Stortz says the talks start today and will focus on severance packages for the staff, as well as wages.

He emphasizes they do expect a raise in the package, since they have been without a contract since December 2016.

The severance packages are high priority since the Espanola Police Service will be officially disbanded by October 11th and will paid out by the municipality.

The terminations will affect 20 individuals; the chief, 11 officers, dispatchers and full-time court clerk.