Sault Ste. Marie Police Chief Robert Keech knows a good deal when he hears one. Today with the announcement that the Sault Police Services and the OPP will join forces will see the Forensic Unit of city police re-locate to the state of the art forensic building at the OPP detachment.
“We have a very strong working relationship with our Policing partners here in Sault Ste. Marie that allows us to make this strategic arrangement in difficult economic times and continue to offer our citizens the highest level of services in a fiscally responsible manner, Chief Keetch told Media Thursday morning.
The move will cost the SSMPS about $30,000 a year or $10,000 per forensic officer, that compared to spending upwards of $2 million to to build their own facility.
The memorandum of Understanding follows a 6 month pilot project launched in October 2015, the new arrangement is a two year deal and the first official announcement from MPP David Orazietti who took over the portfolio of Minister of Safety and Correctional Services this week.
The agreement ensures the members of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Forensics Unit are housed in a safe and healthy working environment and are equipped to provide top-of-the-line forensic services to support professional investigations, anything from murder to break and enter and cold cases.
“In entering this relationship with the Sault Police Services we will provide a state of the art lab to further efficiencies and best practices in the area of forensic identification.” said Con Bell, Chief Superintendent Bureau Commander of OPP Investigation and Support.
The Sault Ste. Marie Forensic lab opened in 2008 at a cost of over $6 million.