Dufferin County Residents Better Served



    McGuinty Government Investment In New OPP Detachment Will Improve
    Community Safety

    DUFFERIN COUNTY, ON, March 30 /CNW/ - Residents of Dufferin County will
be better served with the acquisition of new quarters for the Ontario
Provincial Police (OPP) detachment there, Community Safety and Correctional
Services Minister Monte Kwinter announced today.
    "Our government is on the side of Ontario families concerned about crime
and safety," said Kwinter. "We are committed to giving police the tools they
need to keep Ontarians safe. The new detachment in Dufferin County is just one
of our projects to renew the OPP infrastructure over the next two years."
    The existing detachment occupies 2,900 square feet of leased premises and
serves the Town of Mono and the Townships of Amaranth, East Garafraxa, East
Luther Grand Valley, Mulmur and Melancthon. Space analysis indicates a need
for more than 11,000 square feet of space to accommodate approximately 36
employees.
    "The new premises will give OPP uniform and civilian staff serving
Dufferin County modern up-to-date facilities that will only enhance the
service they provide to the community," said OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino.
    A request for proposals from interested proponents for third party leased
premises will be issued shortly. The project is being overseen by the OPP and
managed by the Ontario Realty Corporation.
    "Revitalizing and rebuilding public infrastructure across our province is
a priority for our government," said Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister
David Caplan. "ReNew Ontario, our government's five-year $30-billion plus
public infrastructure investment plan, allows for the development of this
modern and much needed facility."
    "We will continue to work with our partners to ensure Ontario communities
policed by the OPP can count on effective, well maintained facilities," said
Kwinter. "That's a key feature of our commitment to make Ontario safer and
stronger."

    
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    Backgrounder

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                  ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE RENEWAL PROJECT

    The McGuinty government is on the side of Ontario families concerned about
crime and safety and has committed to giving police the tools and resources
they need to keep Ontarians safe.
    Many existing Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) facilities are beyond their
useful life (40-50 years) and were not designed to meet current program,
security and adequacy requirements. The McGuinty government is investing
$50 million to replace or upgrade facilities for front-line police officers to
reflect Ontario's changing demographics, increased standards and new
technological requirements.

    New OPP Detachments

    The McGuinty government is making possible the upgrade of OPP detachments
and offices for specialized units across Ontario including:

    -   Haliburton Highlands - opened in October 2006 in Minden
    -   Wellington County - opened in September 2006 in Rockwood
    -   Kincardine - construction is underway and occupancy is scheduled for
        late 2007
    -   Hornepayne - construction is underway and occupancy is scheduled for
        June 2007
    -   Hearst - construction is underway and occupancy is scheduled for
        April 2007
    -   Greenstone - construction is underway and occupancy is scheduled for
        late 2007
    -   Gananoque - occupied in December 2006
    -   Grenville (Prescott County) - occupied in January 2007
    -   North Grenville (Kemptville) - occupied in February 2007
    -   Temagami - construction is anticipated to be underway by May 2007
    -   Wiarton - construction is anticipated to be underway by summer 2007
    -   Nottawasaga - construction is anticipated to be underway by summer
        2007
    -   Dufferin - anticipated occupancy is spring 2008.

    OPP Forensic Identification Units

    This project is part of the overall strategy to enhance and use
state-of-the-art technologies to collect and process forensic evidence in an
environment that protects front-line personnel. The strategy will consolidate
and reduce the current number of forensic identification units from 16 to 13.

    Forensic units are being upgraded in:

    -   Belleville - scheduled for completion in 2007
    -   Orillia - scheduled for completion in 2008
    -   Sault Ste. Marie - scheduled for completion in 2007
    -   Tillsonburg - scheduled for completion in 2007
    -   Thunder Bay - scheduled for completion in 2008.

    The Government Mobile Communications Project

    The $300-million Government Mobile Communications Project is a partnership
between the Ontario government and a private sector consortium led by Bell
Mobility Radio Inc. The 15-year project consolidates and replaces five
provincial government two-way public safety radio networks with a single one.
    Following the installation of the new network, the OPP will have
amalgamated 11 communications centres into five, resulting in a more efficient
and cost effective level of service for the people of Ontario.

    -   Orillia - opened in 2001
    -   London - opened in 2003
    -   Smith Falls - opened in 2004
    -   North Bay - opened in 2006
    -   Thunder Bay - scheduled for completion in 2007.

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-8265, 647-205-6598 (cellular); Anthony Brown, Communications Branch, (416)
314-7772

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