Residents In Leeds County Better Served



    McGuinty Government Investment In New OPP Detachment Will Improve
    Community Safety

    LANSDOWNE, ON, April 20 /CNW/ - Residents of Leeds County will be better
served with the construction of new quarters for the Ontario Provincial Police
(OPP) detachment in Lansdowne, 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 Thousand Islands detachment in Lansdowne
is just one of our projects to renew OPP infrastructure over the next two
years."
    The new $1.15-million building increases floor space available to the
detachment from 3,118 square feet in the previous facility to approximately
11,500 square feet.
    "The Thousand Islands detachment is located in a busy, flourishing part
of the province and the OPP is pleased to now be serving this area 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."
    The Thousand Islands OPP detachment is staffed by 22 OPP officers and
civilians. The new building has three holding cells, briefing rooms, staff
rooms and improved access for people with disabilities.
    "Our ministry is pleased to have a role in the development of a modern
and much-needed facility," said Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister David
Caplan. "Revitalizing public infrastructure and investing in economic
prosperity are among the goals of ReNew Ontario, our government's five-year
$30-billion plus public infrastructure investment plan."
    "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 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 Thousand Islands OPP Detachment

    The $1.15-million project was completed in December 2006 and the 22 OPP
officers and civilian personnel assigned to the detachment moved in on
December 15, 2006. The new facility offers nearly 11,500 square feet - more
than three times the size of the previously occupied building. It 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 Thousand Islands detachment provide policing
services to the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands and the Township of
Frontenac Islands.

    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
    -  Grenville (Prescott) - 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.


    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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