OAKVILLE - Oakville Mayor and Halton Regional Police Services Board Chair, Mayor Rob Burton, Halton Regional Police Chief Stephen Tanner and Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, service members and local officials joined together to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new police headquarters.
Mayor R. Burton kicked off the ceremony, which took place on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, by talking about the impact the new police headquarters will have on the community.
“The groundbreaking for the new police headquarters we are celebrating today has required leadership, innovation and careful planning that has been years in the making! As the Halton Regional Police Service Board, we are all proud to be part of meeting the needs of the Halton community,” said Halton Regional Police Services Board Chair, Mayor R. Burton.
Construction is beginning on the new Halton Regional Police Services Headquarters – a 235,000 square foot, four-story facility that will act as a central hub for Halton Regional Police Service training, forensics, evidence management and police administration, allowing the Region’s Police Services to grow while keeping Halton a safe place to live.
“Over the years, from 1991 until now, we have outgrown this facility. The training environment in this facility is not adequate from a number of different perspectives. We have more officers to train now. The (shooting) range downstairs only allows four or five officers to train at the same time. The new facility will allow eight to 10 to train at once,” said Halton Police Chief Stephen Tanner.
The existing police headquarters attached to the Regional Centre on Bronte Road do not meet the long-term needs of policing but the proposed new $65 million headquarters will and is expected to serve policing needs in Halton until at least 2042.