Hearst Residents Better Served By New OPP Detachment



    McGuinty Government Investment In New Facility Will Improve Community
    Safety

    HEARST, ON, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Residents of Hearst will be better served
with the completion of new quarters for the 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 new detachment in Hearst is just one of our projects
to renew OPP infrastructure over the next two years."
    Hearst's new $2.3-million detachment building replaces the former
structure and increases the space available to 8,815 square feet, more than
twice the size of the previous facility.
    "The new premises will give OPP uniform and civilian staff in Hearst
modern up-to-date facilities that will only enhance the service they provide
to this community," said OPP Deputy Commissioner Chris Lewis. "The OPP is
pleased to now be serving this area from a facility that mirrors the
professionalism and the dedication of our members."
    The new building has six holding cells, a spacious exhibit/evidence vault
and processing area, a multi-purpose boardroom with public access for
community meetings as well as lockers, showers and a lunchroom for employees.
    "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

    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 Hearst Detachment

    Following the completion of the $2.3-million construction project, the
30 OPP officers and civilian personnel moved into the modern 8,815-square-foot
facility on May 16, 2007. The new building features:

    
    -   Fully equipped operational areas
    -   Administration area with public reception
    -   Spacious exhibit/evidence vault and processing area
    -   Six holding cells
    -   Lockers, showers and lunchroom for employees
    -   Multi-purpose boardroom with public access for community meetings
    -   Modern building infrastructure to meet changing technology
        requirements
    -   28 parking spaces.

    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 - officially opened on August 28, 2007, with occupancy
        scheduled for September 2007
    -   Greenstone - construction is underway and occupancy is scheduled for
        early 2008
    -   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 fall 2007
    -   Nottawasaga - construction is anticipated to be underway by fall 2007
    -   Dufferin - construction is anticipated to be underway by fall 2007
    -   Prince Edward County - construction is underway and occupancy is
        scheduled for October 2007
    -   Temagami - construction is underway and occupancy is scheduled for
        early 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 September 2007
    -   Orillia - scheduled for completion in 2008
    -   Sault Ste. Marie - scheduled for completion in late 2007/early 2008
    -   Tillsonburg - scheduled for completion in late 2007/early 2008
    -   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
    -   Smiths 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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