New OPP Facility In Peterborough Creating Construction Jobs
McGuinty Government Supporting Safer Communities In Central Ontario
Construction is now underway on a new Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) forensic identification unit that will help to enhance community safety in the Counties of Peterborough, Norhthumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton Highlands and create construction jobs. At the peak of construction, it is estimated that 50 labourers will be at work daily.The new state-of-the-art facility will replace the existing forensic identification unit and provide the OPP with advanced tools to analyze evidence, solve crimes and keep communities safe. The building will include:
- Approximately 13,510 square feet of combined office, lab, and garage space
- A lab area with three biohazard suites
- A chemical room, photo studio, multi-media room, multi-function storage and a bloodstain room for bloodstain pattern analysis case and academic research
- A boardroom for training and meetings
- A filing room equipped with a high density storage system designed to store fingerprints.
The enhanced building is part of the McGuinty Government's commitment to replace or upgrade OPP facilities for front-line officers, helping them keep Ontario's communities safer. Creating safer, stronger communities is part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and boost the local economies across the province.
- OPP Forensic Identification Services are responsible for collecting physical evidence at crime scenes and storage until trial.
- This project is expected to be completed by summer 2012.
- The facility is one of 18 new detachments, regional headquarters and forensic identification units being constructed in 16 communities across Ontario.
- Since 2003, Ontario has replaced or significantly renovated 32 OPP facilities including three provincial communications centres, five forensic identification units, 22 detachments, and two specialty units.
- Shield Infrastructure Partnership has been contracted to design, build, finance and maintain the new facilities for a 30-year period.
“The construction of the new OPP forensic identification unit in Peterborough is generating local construction jobs and business activity, while giving the OPP a better facility to keep our community safe.”
“The McGuinty government is committed to building new, efficient OPP facilities across the province to enhance community safety and protect families across the province.”