Town “better served” by own police

by Vance Gutzman

As town council prepared to launch its police service consultation plan last night, members of the Deep River police themselves have now formally weighed into the conversation. 

The Deep River Police Association (DRPA) issued a media release to the NRT late last week, stating that its members held a meeting last Thursday to discuss their thoughts regarding the future of policing in the municipality.

According to the statement, the DRPA’s members voted in favour of “remaining dedicated to the Deep River Police Service and their commitment to the residents of the town of Deep River.”

“Our members enjoy the strong bond they have established with the residents of Deep River and the surrounding area,” the release states.

“They are community-minded and volunteer their time for local fundraising events and sit in on various committees which are directly correlated to community-based programs.

“Although the Deep River Police Association enjoys a great working relationship with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Association strongly feels that the Deep River community would be better served by its own municipal police service.”

The DRPA’s statement went on to thank members of the public “who have come forward to show their support for their local police service.”

“(We) look forward to their continued involvement throughout this process.”

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