Ottawa police to hold public engagement session of new south campus

Shown here is the plot of land chosen for the new Ottawa police south campus at 55 Lodge Road.
Shown here is the plot of land chosen for the new Ottawa police south campus at 55 Lodge Road. Ottawa Police Service

The Ottawa Police Service is inviting members of the public to what they are calling a “public engagement session” about the development of its new south campus at 55 Lodge Rd. on Tuesday.

The open house will be held at 3889 Rideau Valley Dr. at the Rideau Valley conservation authority head office from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is no registration needed for this event.

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“OPS is committed to delivering the best policing services possible and meeting the needs of our community,” wrote the police in a release. “The new Ottawa Police south campus will ensure that all Ottawans have access to modern and efficient police stations with client service centres across Ottawa for residents and businesses — in the east, west, the core and now the south of Ottawa.”

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According to police, the new campus will also offer a more collaborative working environment for police staff, which they say will result in better services for all. Phase one of the three-phase project is expected to be completed by 2021, with construction starting in late 2019. Funding was first approved for the building of the campus back in March.

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“The South Campus is an important community-building initiative that will result in enhanced services to the fastest growing area in our city, Ottawa’s South end,” said Chief Charles Bordeleau.

Police say the session will be an early opportunity for members of the public to provide their input into the design and to offer their opinions on how it can be best integrated within the community. Members of the police will be available to discuss plans for the new campus and answer questions.

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