LITTLE CURRENT – The Ontario government is opening a new, leading edge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment in Little Current to serve the communities of Manitoulin Island. Outfitted with advanced technology and state-of-the art policing equipment, the new $20 million facility will ensure local OPP personnel have the tools and space they need to provide residents with modern, cost-efficient and high-quality police services.
“In these challenging times, the safety of Ontarians remains a top priority for our government,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “We’re proud to open this detachment in Little Current today as it will ensure our local OPP staff have access to the modern policing tools they need to protect Ontarians and serve communities safely.”
The Manitoulin OPP Detachment provides approximately 18,000 square feet of space, a modern infrastructure design to support ever-changing technology requirements, five holding cells, facilities to secure evidence, as well as closed-circuit television technology and other advanced security features.
The Manitoulin OPP Detachment is part of the OPP Modernization – Phase 2 project, a $182-million initiative announced in 2018 to replace nine aging OPP facilities across the province that are at the end of their useful lifespan and no longer meet the requirements of modern police operations.
“Thanks to this new purpose-built detachment, our uniform, civilian and volunteer OPP members will be well-positioned to serve the communities of Manitoulin Island better than ever,” said OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique. “Having modern resources and adequate space will allow our members to meet the present and future needs of our day-to-day police operations.”
“Infrastructure modernization projects like this new detachment are essential to the safety and security of our communities, while ensuring our first responders have what they need to do their jobs safely,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “We will continue to work with communities to invest in local priorities and build, renew and modernize the infrastructure that people rely on every day.”
- The new Manitoulin Island detachment is located at 54 Boosneck Rd., Little Current.
- The new facility is accessible and designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Standard – the standard that recognizes buildings with reduced environmental impacts.
- This project has been delivered by Infrastructure Ontario through its public-private partnership (P3) model.
- All nine new detachments are being built by a team led by Bird Capital OMP Project Co Inc.
- Construction for this project began in spring 2019.