With the snip of police tape, the new North Ajax Community Policing Centre was officially opened April 22 at the McLean Community Centre.
The new facility will enable police to interact more closely with members of the public, especially the many youngsters who frequent the busy recreation centre and adjacent outdoor skateboard park.
The Durham Regional Police will have one dedicated officer at the facility Tuesdays to Fridays on an alternating days and afternoons schedule. Constable Phil Reed has been assigned from the Ajax Pickering Community Police Office. Being a man of all trades, he will take reports, complaints, perform Criminal Information Requests, address community concerns and interact with the youth from the centre. The phone number is (905) 683-9100 ext. 2415. When not staffed, members of the community requiring police service may utilize the telephone provided for a direct link to DRPS Communications.
Regional Chair Roger Anderson, Ajax Mayor Steve Parish, Police Services Board Member Gale Mossman and Police Chief Kevin McAlpine joined other dignitaries in the official ceremony at 2 p.m. After the ceremony, members of the public were invited to tour the new police facility, located off of the main public entrance.
"Regional Council congratulates both the police service and the Town of Ajax on this important venture," said Regional Chairman Roger Anderson. "We're pleased that the police have this new presence in the community, and we are confident that it will be a valuable addition to the Town of Ajax".
Other officers will attend the 900-sq. ft. facility during their regular patrols for reports and minor investigations. It will serve as the administrative headquarters for the Ajax/Pickering RoadWatch Program, set to kick-off in May of this year. Discussions are also ongoing for a partnership with the Safe Communities of Ajax Pickering (SCOPA) program.
Ajax Mayor Steve Parish noted that the busy community centre is an ideal location in the north part of Town for such a facility. "Having a base for Durham Regional Police Services within Ajax has been desired for some time, so we were happy to enter into this partnership to see a police office integrated into our community in an innovative and appropriate manner."
“This new location certainly improves our profile in Ajax and we are delighted to partner with the Town in this long-term relationship,” says Police Chief Kevin McAlpine.
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