Voters back Deep River Police

by Vance Gutzman

The results are in.

A large majority of the people who took part in a survey on the future of policing in town have voted in favour of retaining the Deep River Police Service (DRPS), rather than entering into negotiations with the Ontario Provincial Police to provide policing in town.

Voting in the survey opened June 21 and closed last Wednesday, June 28 at 8 pm.

The results were announced shortly after during a special council meeting.

Although the survey itself had been highly publicized, a total of just 1,454 of the eligible electors (or 44.1 per cent) took part in the electronic survey.

Of those who took part, 64.1 percent (917 people) voted in favour of maintaining the existing Deep River Police Service.

Those voting in favour of negotiating a municipal policing contract with the OPP numbered 514, or 35.9 per cent of the total ballots cast.

Although the council chambers were packed with members of the public, along with Deep River Police Chief Barry Swarbrick and Sgt Steve Lehoux, there was little to no fanfare when the results came in from Simply Voting – the firm which ran the survey.

> for more on this story, pick up a copy of the July 5 North Renfrew Times