A new police station for Clarington and a high-tech forensics centre were officially unveiled this morning as part of the Region's ongoing capital program to replace ageing infrastructure.
Regional Chair and CEO Roger Anderson joined Police Chief Paul Martin and Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster for the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning and local dignitaries were given personal tours of the two new structures.
"These two buildings are important investments in community safety, not only for the citizens of Clarington, but for citizens across the Region," said Chair Anderson. "We must give our police the tools they need to do their important work and keep our communities safe."
Chief Paul Martin praised the police services board and Regional Council for their support in making these much-needed facilities a reality. He also tipped his cap to former chief Mike Ewles for his vision and determination to replace DRP's ageing infrastructure.
"Chief Constable Ewles was the driving force behind our infrastructure renewal program and his vision and commitment will serve our citizens and our police personnel for decades to come," said Chief Martin.
Both buildings - East Division and the Forensic Identification Facility (FIF) - represent the first phase of development on the 27-acre parcel of land at the corner of Hwy. 2 and Maple Grove Road in Clarington. The DRP will be officially moving into both buildings in early 2016.
The second phase of development includes two more buildings - a Regional Support Centre and a Centre for Investigative Excellence - however the lengthy planning and approval processes have just begun and occupancy isn't expected until 2023.
The new 47,650 sq. ft. East Division will house frontline officers who patrol the communities in Clarington and the eastern portion of Oshawa. Approximately 100 frontline police officers will work out of the new building.
The 26,140 sq. ft. FIF will be the new home of the Forensic Identification Unit, which currently shares space in our downtown Oshawa building. It will include state-of-the-art labs required for the preparation of evidence for court purposes.
Both new buildings meet the latest standards for police buildings and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards for energy and water efficiency.
Ribbon Cutting (JPG file, 481.3K bytes)
Chief Martin Speaks at the Official Opening (JPG file, 405.4K bytes)
Dignitaries at Opening Ceremony (JPG file, 444.6K bytes)
Official Building Plaque Unveiled (JPG file, 343.7K bytes)
DRPS Facilities Manager Dave Simpson Leads a Tour (JPG file, 273.8K bytes)
Flags Raised for the first time (JPG file, 235.9K bytes)
Pipes and Drums, Honour Guard Begin the Ceremony (JPG file, 315.2K bytes)