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Fort Frances, Marathon in line for new OPP detachments

Construction to begin later this year with substantial completion expected by late 2020.

Two Northwestern Ontario communities are among nine Ontario municipalities that will be getting new provincial police detachments in the next few years.

Fort Frances and Marathon will each be getting new OPP facilities, with the provincial ministry of community safety and correctional services on Friday announcing $182 million will be spent for the replacement of the nine buildings.

"This project allows for the continued renewal of our aging detachments under one major infrastructure project," OPP commissioner Vince Hawkes said.

"This bundled approach to renewing our aging facilities will ensure the OPP continues to provide modern, efficient municipal and provincial policing services to local communities across the province."

The other new detachments will be located in Moosonee, Hawkesbury, Huron County, West Parry Sound, Manitoulin Island, Port Credit and Orillia.

Construction is expected to start later this year with substantial completion expected by late 2020, according to the government news release.

"State-of-the art facilities that respond to the increasing demands of modern police operations are an important part of keeping communities safe," Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Michael Tibollo said in a statement.

The process to replace the nine aging detachments was started by the previous Liberal government.


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