MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — The official groundbreaking for a new $20 million Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Highway Safety Division detachment being constructed in Mississauga, Ont. was held on May 13, which was also the first day of Police Week.
The project, located at 2735 Argentia Rd., is expected to be near completion by late 2020.
The new detachment will be responsible for policing the Provincial/400 series highways. It is approximately 17,000 square feet and will provide space and infrastructure that supports changing technology requirements, spacious and secure evidence vaults, three holding cells as well as CCTV and other advanced security features, indicates a release. The detachment will also include a Collision Reporting Centre.
In addition, the building will be fully accessible and designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Standard.
The new detachment is part of the OPP Modernization – Phase 2 project, a provincewide investment of $182 million announced last year intended to replace a total of nine aging facilities that are at the end of their lifespan and no longer meet the requirements of modern police operations.
The modernization is being delivered through Infrastructure Ontario’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) model, which guarantees taxpayers a fixed price for the nine detachments, adds the release.
“Traffic safety is a core function of the OPP and our Highway Safety Division members who work out of the Mississauga Detachment patrol some of the busiest highways in North America. I am pleased that a modern new facility will allow them to deliver efficient, professional traffic safety services better than ever,” said Thomas Carrique, commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police, in a statement.