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Ontario Opens New OPP Detachment in Kawartha Lakes

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Ontario Opens New OPP Detachment in Kawartha Lakes

Province Modernizing Local Police Detachments, Helping Build Safer Communities

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Ontario is opening a new a state-of-the art Ontario Provincial Police detachment in the City of Kawartha Lakes to replace the previous aging facility and to help improve community safety in the area.

The province is investing $11.5 million into the new building which features:

  • Evidence vaults with an evidence processing area
  • A fingerprint room
  • Four holding cells
  • A multi-purpose boardroom with public access for community meetings
  • A secure compound to accommodate seized vehicles

The previous detachment was 6,800 square feet and was constructed in 1954 to accommodate 12 officers. The new facility is 21,000 square feet and is home to more than 70 employees.

Modernizing local police detachments is part of the government's plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • The new detachment was built to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver standard.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has replaced or significantly renovated 78 Ontario Provincial Police facilities, including provincial communications centres, forensic identification units, detachments and specialty units.

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“Our government is investing in our local police services to build safer communities and a stronger Ontario. New facilities like the Kawartha Lakes detachment are a key part of this investment. This state-of-the-art facility will help Ontario Provincial Police officers protect local families and better serve the residents of this community.”

Yasir Naqvi

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“The modern facilities at the new City of Kawartha Lakes detachment are an investment in the community we serve and will help facilitate the Ontario Provincial Police’s continued commitment to enhancing community engagement and safety. The professional and dedicated service that Ontario Provincial Police uniform and civilian staff provide to this community is now reflected by the facility they work out of.”

J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes

Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police

“The local investment of an upgraded OPP facility will be a valuable asset to better serve the residents of Kawartha Lakes and surrounding communities. Kawartha Lakes is a hub to many communities and a modernized facility will help OPP front-line officers continue their best efforts in protecting the communities they serve.”

Jeff Leal

MPP for Peterborough

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