A small group of visitors met with Manitoulin OPP Detachment Commander Inspector Megan Moriarty yesterday to highlight the new facility and how state-of-the-art technology is changing policing.
Moriarty says the new facility centralizes policing for the Manitoulin Island and Espanola region, but that means some closures.
The Mindemoya/Manitowaning satellite detachment will be closing, she says, as will the former detachment headquarters in downtown Little Current.
However, she emphasizes the Gore Bay, Espanola and McKerrow satellites continue to provide services.
She emphasizes levels of service will be maintained, if not, in fact, improved thanks to changes out on patrol with cruisers now considered ‘rolling offices’ where officers can respond to incidents quickly no matter where they are.
Moriarty says every officer is now equipped with the own dedicated phone, tablet and each cruiser features a portable computer system, so they access information and/or additional services quickly.
She adds local victim services will also be available at the new detachment.
She also emphasizes that community services continue in regards to working with local schools and community groups. Although there has been no Grad celebrations, this year, for example, the OPP are working with their local schools to continue different programs to help with various programs, such as drug prevention and information sessions and the like.
The contingent of officers remains steady, but Moriarty pointed out that number is always fluid with attritions, retirements, and then, new officers who are now in training. She ensures the public that the communities will continue to be served by the detachment officers, civilian staff and partners, such as Sudbury Crimestoppers and VCARs.
After four years of construction, the new facility formally opened its doors on August 18th.