by Denise Walker
It was a topical discussion at Laurentian Hills committee meetings last week, for both Laurentian Hills and Deep River residents.
Laurentian Hills councillors heard from representatives of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Upper Ottawa Valley detachment, about policing concerns and improvements.
The OPP have long provided policing services for Laurentian Hills, while Deep River is currently looking at whether or not to contract with the OPP.
Currently, Deep River has its own municipal police force.
New funding and operation models for the OPP have created some criticism over the last year in Laurentian Hills.
Last week, the detachment commander, Inspector Mark Wolfe, and operations manager, Staff Sergeant Karl Duewel, came to update councillors on the first quarter of 2017 and to outline how the detachment is responding to the town’s concerns.
Duewel began with some detachment statistics that applied to the entire area, from Head, Clara and Maria to the Whitewater Region.
He explained that the detachment was using a program called “intelligence-led policing.” The aim of the program is “crime abatement.”
Duewel told the committee “essentially there are known risks, such as persons on bail with conditions, such as abstention from alcohol.”
“We will do regular checks to make sure they are complying with their conditions. We know some offenders are at high risk to re-offend.”
Over the last quarter, 101 people were being monitored in the program and 34 arrests were made.
There were 600 patrol hours across the whole area, together with 21 snowmobile patrol hours.
As for Laurentian Hills, Duewel said the town received 42 patrol hours on town roads.
In addition to those regular patrols, the community service officer has been active in Laurentian Hills.
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