McGuinty Government Invests In Temagami OPP Detachment



    Renovation Project Will Improve Community Safety, Better Serve Residents

    TEMAGAMI, ON, June 15 /CNW/ - Residents of Temagami will be better served
following the renovation of the local Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
detachment, Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Monte Kwinter
announced today.
    "We are committed to giving police the tools they need to keep Ontarians
safe," said Kwinter. "The consolidation and renovation of the detachment
facility in Temagami is just one of the projects in our efforts to renew OPP
infrastructure across the province."
    The $1.6-million Temagami renovation will consolidate the entire
detachment into one building and will increase the available space to
3,400 square feet.
    The Temagami Detachment is now staffed by nine OPP uniform and civilian
members who serve the community. The new building will have two holding cells
and updated telephone and Information Technology systems.
    "Revitalizing the OPP detachment in Temagami is an important public
safety initiative for this community," said David Ramsay, MPP for
Temiskaming-Cochrane. "The men and women who keep our streets safe deserve the
tools and facilities that will help them in their task."
    "The Temagami Detachment is located in an area of the province that
reflects the true essence of what the OPP is all about," said OPP Commissioner
Julian Fantino. "When these new premises are completed, OPP uniform and
civilian staff in Temagami will have modern, up-to-date facilities that will
enhance the service they provide to this community."
    "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 communities 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.

    OPP Temagami Detachment Renovation

    Following the completion of the $1.6-million project, anticipated in
November 2007, the nine OPP officers and civilian personnel assigned to the
detachment in Temagami will move in to a newly-renovated, 3,400 square foot
detachment facility. The renovation will consolidate the entire detachment,
currently spread over three buildings. The new structure will include:

    
    -   Fully equipped operational areas
    -   Administration and public reception areas
    -   Spacious exhibit/evidence vault and processing area
    -   Two holding cells (adult/youth)
    -   Lockers, showers and lunchroom for employees
    -   New updated telephone and Information Technology systems.

    Officers assigned to this detachment provide policing services to the
residents of the Municipality of Temagami and surrounding area including
roads, waterways and two provincial parks.

    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 - occupancy is scheduled for late summer 2007
    -   Hearst - occupied in May 2007
    -   Greenstone - construction is underway and occupancy is scheduled for
        late 2007
    -   Thousand Islands - officially opened in April 2007 in Lansdowne
    -   North Grenville - officially opened in May 2007 in Kemptville
    -   Grenville - officially opened in April 2007 in Prescott
    -   Wiarton - construction is anticipated to be underway by summer 2007
    -   Nottawasaga - construction is anticipated to be underway by late
        summer 2007
    -   Dufferin - construction is anticipated to be underway by late summer
        2007
    -   Prince Edward County - construction is underway and occupancy is
        scheduled for October 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:

    -   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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