New OPP Communications Centre Opens
McGuinty Government Upgrades Police Facilities In Northern Ontario
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has a new high-tech hub to better manage communications across Northwestern Ontario.
Officially opened today, the $7.4-million, state-of-the-art centre provides the communications link to OPP and First Nations Police Services personnel across the region. The new facility includes advanced security and building systems monitoring, an emergency power backup system and building infrastructure that meets today's challenging technology requirements. It replaces the former communications centres in Kenora and Thunder Bay.
The province is also building a new $5.8-million forensic identification unit for the OPP in Thunder Bay. The OPP and the forensic staff of the Thunder Bay Police will share this facility. It replaces the existing forensics facility, which no longer fully meets the needs of the OPP.
Ontario Provincial Police forensic units are responsible for collecting physical evidence at crime scenes, crime scene management, evidence processing, and for the integrity and continuity of evidence from the time it is collected until it is presented in court.
- These projects as well as 14 new OPP detachment buildings are part of the Ontario government's $50-million investment to replace or upgrade facilities for front-line police officers.
“We're giving police the tools they need to do their job and keep Ontarians safe. These modern facilities will go a long way in helping our hard-working OPP officers provide superior service to the people of Northwestern Ontario.”
“I am extremely pleased with this announcement. The new provincial communications center, and the new forensic identification unit will provide OPP and First Nations Officers in Northwestern Ontario with essential modern facilities. Ultimately, this leads to increased safety for the residents of our great region.”
“These state-of-the-art facilities will enable our dedicated officers and civilian employees to utilize the best technology available as they work to promote public safety across the region. This is a continuation of our government's commitment to invest in public services and infrastructure in northwestern Ontario.”
“Efficient and rapid response to crisis calls is a key part of OPP operations. In a region where the population is sparse and the travel distances long, state-of-the-art communication facilities are essential.”