Grenville County Residents Better Served



    McGuinty Government Investment In New OPP Grenville Detachment Will
    Improve Community Safety

    PRESCOTT, ON, April 20 /CNW/ - Residents of Grenville County will be
better served with the construction of new quarters for the Ontario Provincial
Police (OPP) in Prescott, Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister
Monte Kwinter announced today.
    "The McGuinty 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 Grenville County
is one of 12 projects to renew OPP infrastructure over the next two years."
    Prescott's new $1.36 million building replaces the former structure and
increases the space available to the detachment from 3,874 square feet to
approximately 13,000 square feet.
    "The OPP is pleased to be serving this area of Grenville County from a
facility that mirrors the professionalism and the dedication of our members,"
said OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino. "These new premises give local OPP
uniform and civilian staff modern, up-to-date facilities that will only
improve the service we provide here."
    Since the amalgamation of the 22 staff members of the Prescott Police
Service with the 21 staff members of the Prescott OPP detachment in 2004, the
Grenville detachment in Prescott is now staffed by 43 OPP officers and
civilians. The new building has three holding cells, briefing rooms, staff
rooms and improved access for people with disabilities.
    "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 up-to-date, 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 INFRASTRUCTURE 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 Grenville OPP Detachment - Prescott

    Following completion of the $1.36-million project, the 43 OPP officers
and civilian personnel assigned to the detachment in Prescott moved in on
January 10, 2007. At nearly 13,000 square feet, the new facility is more than
three times the size of OPP's previous quarters. The new building includes:

    
    -   Fully equipped operational areas
    -   Administration area with public reception
    -   Spacious exhibit/evidence vault and processing area
    -   Three holding cells (adult male/adult female/youth)
    -   Lockers, showers and lunchroom for employees
    -   Multi-purpose boardroom with public access for community meetings
    -   Modern building infrastructure to meet changing technology
        requirements
    -   New DVD recording technology in interview room.
    

    Officers assigned to the Grenville detachment, Prescott office, provide
policing services to the Town of Prescott and residents of South Grenville.

    Other 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
    -   Thousands Islands - occupied in December 2006
    -   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.


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

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                           www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca
    




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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