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New OPP Facility In Kenora Creating Construction Jobs

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New OPP Facility In Kenora Creating Construction Jobs

McGuinty Government Supports Safer Communities In Northwestern Ontario

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Construction is underway on a new Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) forensic identification unit that will enhance community safety in Kenora and the surrounding region and create 50 local construction jobs.

The new facility will replace the existing forensic identification unit and provide the OPP with state of the art resources 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.

Quick Facts

  • The new modern OPP building will be approximately 14,200 square feet and will include a lab area with three bio-hazard suites, a chemical room, photo studio, multi-media room, multi-function storage, a room for pattern analysis cases and academic research, a boardroom for training and meetings, and a filing room equipped with a high density storage system designed to store fingerprints.
  • OPP Forensic Identification Services are responsible for collecting physical evidence at crime scenes, examination of the evidence and storage until trial.
  • This project is expected to be completed in fall 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.

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Quotes

“The McGuinty government is committed to building new, efficient OPP facilities across the province to enhance community safety and protect families across the province.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services

“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

OPP Commissioner

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