Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Police Operations Centre officially acquired

Calgary Police Service celebrated the acquisition of a site for a new police operations centre today in the city’s northeast.

“This site will meet our needs for the next 50 years, and I have no doubt it will make police work and investigations more efficient, while enhancing communication within the Service,” said Chief Rick Hanson. Hanson was joined at a flag-raising ceremony by Premier Ed Stelmach, Mayor Dave Bronconnier, and Calgary Police Commission Chair Denis Painchaud at the former Nortel Campus east of Barlow Trail of McKnight Blvd.

The new CPS Westwinds Campus is currently comprised of two buildings on 60 acres of land, with room to develop additional facilities. There is currently 650,000 square feet of existing building space, with the ability to expand to one million square feet.

“We know the Calgary Police Service has outgrown its current space, and it is important that police services are consolidated as much as possible. Together with the funds we have provided for much-needed additional police officers, our support for the Westwinds Campus will further enable the Calgary Police Service to maintain Calgary as a safe place to live, work, and raise families,” said Premier Ed Stelmach.

The Calgary Police Services officially took possession of the site this past June. Renovation work on one of the buildings has since begun.

The cost of the CPS Westwinds Campus is approximately $125 million, including the initial $100 million property purchase, and $25 million in post-project costs and renovations. The project is funded in partnership by the province and city, with $106.5 million from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, and an additional $18.5 million from The City of Calgary directly.

This facility will allow the CPS to bring together areas of the Service that are currently spread among 14 buildings across the city. The Homicide Unit, the Robbery Unit, the Gang Unit and other specialized departments will be located in one building. The other building will be open to the public and will house the office of the Chief and administrative services.

Certain areas of the Service will continue to operate in their current facilities. This includes the district offices and community police stations, as well as the Traffic and Support Sections. The Arrest Processing Section will remain in the downtown Administration Building. A new Identification Section (crime scenes) facility is currently being built next to the District 1 Ramsay Station. The targeted move completion dates are June 2010 for the West Building and June 2011 for the East Building.

Map to the new Calgary Police Operations Centre.

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