Greenstone Residents Better Served



    McGuinty Government Investment In New OPP Detachment Will Improve
    Community Safety

    GREENSTONE, ON, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Residents of Greenstone will be better
served following the construction of a new 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 Greenstone is just one of
our projects to renew OPP infrastructure over the next two years."
    The new detachment amalgamates existing facilities in Geraldton and
Longlac into a single, much larger detachment to be located along Highway 11
between the two communities. The new offices will provide almost three times
as much space as the existing buildings as well as improved amenities to
address long-standing operational deficiencies.
    "The new detachment, now under construction, will give OPP uniform and
civilian staff serving Greenstone modern up-to-date facilities that will only
enhance the service they provide to the community," said OPP Commissioner
Julian Fantino.
    "Today's announcement is great news for the administration of justice and
policing in the Greenstone area," said Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder
Bay-Superior North. "The construction of these improved facilities will help
our dedicated officers continue to deliver the important service and work that
they do."
    Construction of the new facility is underway, and completion is expected
in the fall of 2007. The project is being overseen by the OPP and managed by
the Ontario Realty Corporation.
    "This project is one of many in the McGuinty government's five-year
$30-billion plus infrastructure investment plan to revitalize and renew public
infrastructure throughout the province, including facilities in the justice
and law enforcement sector," said Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister David
Caplan. "The Ontario Realty Corporation will work with the OPP to deliver a
facility that meets their requirements."
    "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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                  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 expected to start early 2007
    -   Hornepayne - construction is underway and occupancy is scheduled for
        early 2007
    -   Hearst - construction is underway and occupancy is scheduled for
        early 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) - in the final stages of completion with
        occupancy scheduled for early 2007
    -   Temagami - construction is anticipated to be underway by spring 2007.

    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:

    -   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.

    Contact:
    Anthony Brown
    Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
    416-314-7772

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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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