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New OPP communications centre opens in London

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 12:12 PM | By John Schofield

The Ontario government has announced the opening of a new Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Communications Centre in London.

The 35,000-square-foot communications centre is built to accommodate 135 civilian members and officers who handle emergency and non-emergency calls for service, according to a government news release. Equipped with advanced technology, the facility will serve an assigned area of more than 170,000 square kilometres and a population that reaches approximately 850,000 people during the summer months.

“The new centre will also support other OPP jurisdictions as needed,” the news release states, “and provide the space OPP officers and civilian members need to conduct their work in an improved workplace environment.”

The cost of the facility is not provided, but the Infrastructure Ontario website puts the value of the contract at $19 million.

The London police communications centre (PCC) is one of five OPP PCCs across the province that operate 24/7, answering emergency and non-emergency calls for service.

“Our government recognizes that provincial police officers continually encounter new challenges on the job, whether it's enforcing the law during the COVID-19 outbreak or combating new online criminal activity,” Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said. “This new facility will help ensure our provincial officers and staff have the state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and technology they need to fight crime and keep people safe.”

“I am very proud London is now home to this impressive facility,” said Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP and Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek. “This will be of great benefit to both the community and the environment and reflects our government’s commitment to delivering modern, efficient infrastructure across Ontario.”

The Progressive Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford recently announced the cancellation of a proposed new courthouse serving Halton Region, which was expected to cost between $200 million and $499 million.