New OPP Facility In Almaguin Highlands Creating Construction Jobs
McGuinty Government Supports Safer Communities In Northeastern Ontario
Construction is underway on the new Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Almaguin Highlands Detachment that will enhance community safety in the region and create 50 local construction jobs.
The new facility will replace the existing detachment and provide the OPP with a larger, more efficient facility that will help the OPP protect local families and keep the community safe. The modern 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. Updating Ontario's community safety infrastructure, roads, highways, transit, hospitals and schools is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow local economies and ensure the province remains strong and competitive for years to come.
- The new modern OPP detachment will be approximately 12,540 square feet of space, include, evidence vaults with a processing area, a secure area with a fingerprint room and four holding cells, multi-purpose boardroom with public access for community meetings, a secure compound to accommodate seized vehicles and will meet today's technology requirements
- The new detachment is located in Armour Township near the village of Burk's Falls and is expected to be completed in 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, the McGuinty government has invested $93 million to replace or significantly renovate more than 30 OPP detachments, provincial communications centres and forensic identification units.
- Shield Infrastructure Partnership has been contracted to design, build, finance and maintain the new facilities for a 30-year period.
“The McGuinty government is committed to building new, efficient OPP facilities across the province to enhance community safety and protect families across the province.”
“These new facilities are desperately needed. A modern infrastructure increases OPP efficiency and supports the OPP Vision of safe communities and a secure Ontario.”
Chris D. Lewis