Serving Our Community
The main concern of the Deep River Police Service is public safety. We want to ensure that members of the community are not putting others in danger. If a police officer or other provincial offences officer has reason to suspect that you are participating in an organized public event or social gathering, they may require you to provide information to ensure you are complying with restrictions. The Deep River Police Service will not be conducting random stops of pedestrians or drivers to enforce the stay-at-home order. The DRPS will continue to focus on the 4 E's in response to the pandemic regulations – engaging, explaining, educating, and enforcing.
Dean Duchrow – Chief of Police
RECENT STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION – COVID-19
- On January 14, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. the Government of Ontario issued a new Stay at Home Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA)
- The new Order requires individuals to remain in their place of residence at all times unless leaving for an essential purpose. Details of this can be found on the Government of Ontario’s website https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59922/ontario-declares-second-provincial-emergency-to-address-covid-19-crisis-and-save-lives
- This order is expected to remain in effect until February 11, 2021, but could be extended
- The Deep River Police Service supports all measures necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community and will continue to work with local public health, municipal and regional officials to ensure compliance
- We recognize that this is a stressful time, with many people feeling a sense of uncertainty and instability within our community. We also recognize that there may be confusion over rules and legislation
- While provincial offences officers, including police officers, have enforcement rights under the new EMCPA order, we will continue to focus on the 4 Es – Engage (with the individuals), Explain (why we are there), Educate (on the rules and regulations), and Enforce (as a last resort)
- Enforcement will be aimed at those individuals who overtly put others in danger in our community
- In the vast majority of cases, when we receive a complaint or respond to a call where individuals are in violation, they have willingly complied after being educated. We expect this to remain the same moving forward and we thank those citizens who are doing their part
- Our officers will not be conducting random vehicle or individual stops. Our initiatives will be both complaint-driven and proactive, with the goal of gaining compliance. Those that refuse to comply will receive the appropriate penalty
- We are asking people to comply for the well-being of everyone in our community and to ensure the capacity of our health care
- In relation to the new EMCPA order, individuals can either be:
- Issued a ticket for a set fine amount established by the Chief Justice or be served with a summons (Part I)
- Or have an information laid (Part III), where the court would impose a penalty upon conviction – subject to the maximum penalty of a fine or not more than $100,000 and not more than one year in jail.
- Fines include:
- Fail to Comply with an order: $750
- Obstruct any Person Exercising a Power in Accordance with an Order: $1,000
- Obstruct any Person Performing a Duty in Accordance with an Order: $1,000
- The Province of Ontario, specifically the Ministry of Labour, may also allocate additional inspection and compliance resources to those areas currently in the gray zone
- The Deep River Police Service has procedures in place to deal with internal situations of occupational exposure to communicable diseases and these policies are reviewed regularly so that we can respond to specific challenges such as COVID-19
- Members of our service will continue to perform their duties professionally and comply with the Ontario Human Rights Code or Canadian Charter of Rights, as well as all applicable regulations in Ontario’s Police Services Act
- We remain committed to providing essential services throughout the community during this State of Emergency
Message From The Chief of Police
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of our lives and how we do business.
We at the Deep River Police Service are focused on how to best protect, serve and support our members and the members of our community.
I want to personally assure you that continuity of service will remain fully operational. To prevent the spread and potential exposure we have instigated new protocols relating to how we do business. Walk-in traffic at the Police Station will remain restricted to a case-by-case basis.
We encourage those that need to speak to police, do so by phone, and those requiring personal interaction with police, call to request at our non-emergency number (613-584-3500). In emergent situations, standard use of 911 still applies. At this time, criminal record checks are still reserved for essential workers only.
These measures are intended to protect the health and well-being of members of our police service and the community. Should you have any question about COVID-19, please contact the Renfrew County Health Department. By adhering to present measures, we can all reduce the potential of spreading this virus. On behalf of the Deep River Police Service, please know that our thoughts are with all those affected.
Dean Duchrow - Chief of Police
Welcome to the Deep River Police section of our Municipal website. For current events and further information about the Deep River Police Service and police related activities you can follow us on our Facebook page titled Deep River Police. I want to welcome you to our community and to our Police Service. We take pride in our core values and work very hard to achieve our motto which is “Serving our Community”. We strive to provide a police service that is uniquely integrated with the finest traditions of community policing and have a well mobilized community that work with our officers on a daily basis to keep our community and roadways safe and secure. Thank you for visiting our website and Facebook site of the Deep River Police Service.