Council votes to keep local police

by Vance Gutzman

The Deep River Police Service (DRPS) will continue to serve and protect citizens of the municipality. 

That was the message handed down last week when town council put an end to a long and protracted process and voted unanimously in favour of retaining the DRPS, rather than switch to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

The process began back in January when the OPP submitted a costing proposal to to the town.

That proposal also came earmarked with a July 19 deadline for its acceptance.

A great deal of public consultation and debate took place between then and last week’s vote on the issue, including a survey which showed 64 per cent of respondents in favour of retaining the status quo.

The resolution which council voted on last week was put forth by Reeve Glenn Doncaster.

The resolution not only affirmed the DRPS “as the desired policing model” for the town, it also stated council’s intent to “work with the Deep River Police Services Board to deliver excellence in policing to the town and explore potential efficiencies and areas of cost savings.”

“It was an engaging process,” the reeve said of the time spent debating the merits of the OPP’s costing proposal.

“It was our responsibility to evaluate this as an option.”

> for more on this story, pick up a copy of the July 19 North Renfrew Times…