Putting People's Safety First in Orillia and Parry Sound
New OPP detachments will provide frontline police officers with the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment they need to protect local communities
ORILLIA - The Ontario Government is putting people's safety first by investing a total of $40 million into the construction of two new state-of-the-art Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments - one in Orillia and the other in Parry Sound. The detachments will ensure local communities continue to receive the modern, cost-efficient and first-class policing services they deserve.
Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure, were at the construction sites today to take part in the official groundbreaking of each detachment.
"No matter the circumstances, our government will always put people's safety first," said Jones. "We will remain committed to provide our frontline police officers with the state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and resources they need to protect Ontarians throughout the province."
Both detachments are part of the OPP Modernization - Phase 2 project, a $182-million investment announced last year. The investment will replace nine ageing facilities across the province that no longer meet the requirements of modern police operations.
"The OPP's greatest responsibility is to the people in the communities we serve. Having modernized space and resources for our Orillia and West Parry Sound Detachment members places them in the best position to deliver on that responsibility. The people in these communities deserve no less," said Thomas Carrique, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police.
The OPP Modernization - Phase 2 project is a central part of the government's infrastructure investments for the people.
"Today's $40-million investment for two new OPP detachments means that our province's police will have access to better tools and technologies to keep our streets and residents safe," said McNaughton. "We're investing in infrastructure that puts people's safety first."
- The Orillia detachment will be located at 1 University Av., City of Orillia. The West Parry Sound detachment will be located at 1 North Rd., Parry Sound. Both construction projects are expected to reach substantial completion by late 2020.
- Each detachment will provide space and infrastructure to support changing technology requirements, spacious and secure evidence vaults, several holding cells as well as CCTV and other advanced security features. The Orillia detachment will be approximately 33,000 square feet, and the West Parry Sound detachment, 18,000 square feet.
- Each detachment will be fully accessible and designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Standard – the standard that recognizes buildings with reduced environmental impacts.
- The OPP Modernization – Phase 2 project is being delivered through Infrastructure Ontario's Public-Private Partnership (P3) model. The P3 model guarantees taxpayers a fixed price for the nine detachments.