Durham Regional Police Service welcomed its new Whitby Community Police Office on June 25th with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Chief of Police, Kevin McAlpine, Regional Chair Roger Anderson, Whitby CPO Inspector Paul Carroll, Whitby Mayor Marcel Brunelle and Police Services Board Chair Doug Moffatt praised the combined efforts of Regional Works and Police staff for the successful completion of the building on time and on budget.
Also assisting in the ribbon cutting ceremony was PC Kathy Gallas, a 15-year veteran of the Whitby Community Police Office. She has served her entire career in Whitby and is the longest serving member of this detachment.
The $12.1 million police facility will also serve as home for several specialized policing units, including Victim’s Services and the Traffic Services Branch.
“This is a great new facility for us after so many years in very tight quarters and it will certainly help our members here in Whitby continue to provide police services in a professional and enthusiastic manner,” said Chief McAlpine.
Durham’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) held a ceremony the same day to welcome their new facility, which is also located at the northwest corner of Taunton Road and Anderson Street in Whitby.
“Responding to medical emergencies and community safety needs are among the many important, life-saving services we provide every day and I know these new state-of-the-art facilities will enable our emergency service workers to do their jobs even more effectively and efficiently,” said the Regional Chair.
The new Police Office will be open to serve the public from Monday to Friday between 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. A phone has been installed in the front lobby of the new facility to link the public with the police communications centre after-hours.
Chief of Police Kevin McAlpine and others cut the ribbon (JPG file, 106.4K bytes)
Chief Kevin McAlpine, Deputy Chief Chuck Mercier and Whitby Insp. Paul Carroll pose in front of new facility (JPG file, 111.8K bytes)
Whitby CPO Staff Sergeant Gord McKechnie gives a tour of the new facility (JPG file, 91.5K bytes)