New Forensic Identification Unit Opens
McGuinty Government Boosts Crime Solving Capabilities In North
A new Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) forensic identification services unit opened in Sault Ste. Marie today, supporting the police with advanced tools to analyze evidence and solve crimes.
The 12,000-square-foot facility houses state-of-the-art laboratories and storage facilities to perform modern forensic investigations and keep communities safe.
The $5.6-million unit includes:
- A biohazard/chemical laboratory
- Bloodstain room for blood splatter examination
- Modern fingerprinting technologies
- A specially designed heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to reduce exposure of personnel to harmful chemicals.
- The Sault Ste. Marie facility is one of five forensic identification services units the Ontario government is currently upgrading as part of a $50-million investment to replace or upgrade facilities for front-line police officers.
- Fourteen new OPP detachment buildings and offices across the province are also part of the $50-million investment.
“The new Sault Ste. Marie Forensic Identification Services Unit will raise the science of criminal investigation in the north and support the OPP in solving crimes and keeping our communities safe.”
“With this new facility, our government is supporting the OPP and continuing to grow Sault Ste. Marie's economy. This investment will give law enforcement professionals access to improved equipment necessary to serve our community more effectively.”
“Appropriately accredited Level II laboratory facilities are required to be in place for the delivery of OPP forensic identification to ensure evidence integrity and to protect the health and safety of employees working in forensic identification services units.”