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North District Police Station

UPDATE: As part of our ongoing due diligence to review site development options for the North District Police Station, the City is continuing with site investigative work at all location options being considered.

On Friday, December 8, a contractor will be at the Old Ex site to drill several small diameter boreholes in the ground at different locations including the North Winnipeg Nomads Football Club, the baseball diamond complex, and the practice field to the west of the former Old Ex Arena. This work involves drilling holes, extracting and collecting soil samples, and then backfilling the soil into the holes. Should any damage to the grounds be incurred, repairs will be completed in Spring, 2018.

Investigative work similar to that outlined above at the Old Ex site will continue in the coming weeks at the other locations being considered.

This information will be used to establish technical parameters and cost estimates. Similar reviews and investigations are being undertaken at different development location alternatives within Police District 3.

A report on these options will be forthcoming.

The City of Winnipeg (the City) is in the planning stages of building a new North District police station, to replace the existing station #13 located at 266 Hartford Avenue, as part of its transition to a four district police station model. The Winnipeg Police Service’s (WPS) Four District Model will be achieved with the addition of the North District station.

The existing station #13 does not meet current needs, and the building itself is not adequately located to handle growth in the North end of the city. 

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Background

On July 23, 2003, Council approved the implementation of the WPS Four District Model. The former WPS six district service delivery model was based on a municipal structure which existed prior to 1971, and the existing building pre-dates the 1971 city amalgamation. The station was designed for 30-40 male officers with bare minimum holding cells, video capability, security, and female locker area. There is barely any separation between detainees processing area and officer's work area.
These and other issues led the WPS to review this service delivery structure and recommend realignment from six to four districts. The four district model will result in efficiencies and reduction in manpower, while better distributing the workload. The implementation of the four district model required closure of five existing police stations and the building of three new police stations. The East and West District stations have been built, as well as the Police Headquarters building, while the North District station will be the last station to complete the four district model. 

WPS service needs will be addressed through construction of the North District station. The station will be designed to follow the same model as the East and West District stations. The North District station will replace the existing station #13 located at 266 Hartford Ave., as the existing station does not meet the current needs of policing and the building itself is not adequately located to handle growth in the North end of the City. 

The Old Exhibition Grounds site has been identified as a suitable location for the station in terms of service delivery. Final site selection will be based on a cost benefit analysis that includes consideration of stakeholder requirements.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
News Release October 26, 2017 News Release
Postcard Invitation October 26, 2017 Postcard
Email Newsletter #1 October 26, 2017 Newsletter
Community Workshop Boards November 14, 2017 Image Boards

Engage

The project team is now compiling input from our stakeholder engagement activities, the community workshop held on Tuesday, November 14 at the North Centennial Recreation & Leisure Facility, and our online survey. We had over 50 community members attend and over 200 surveys have been submitted.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are you closing the current police station?

The existing station #13 does not meet the current needs of policing and the building itself is not adequately located to handle the growth in the North end of the City. The building was originally built to handle the needs of the West Kildonan Police Department.  

Date added: July 21, 2017

Why are four stations better than six stations?

On July 23, 2003, Council approved the implementation of the WPS Four District Model. The former WPS six district service delivery model was based on a municipal structure which existed prior to 1971, and the existing building pre-dates the 1971 city amalgamation. The station was designed for 30-40 male officers with bare minimum holding cells, video capability, security, and female locker area. There is barely any separation between detainees processing area and officer's work area. The existing station does not meet the current needs of policing and the building itself is not adequately located to handle growth in the North end of the City. 

These and other issues led the WPS to review its service delivery structure and recommend realignment from six to four districts. The Four District Model will result in operational efficiencies. To date, the  implementation of the Four District Model has resulted in the closure of five former police stations and the construction of three new police stations. The East and West district stations have been built, as well as the Police Headquarters building, while the North District station is the last station required to complete the Four District Model. 

Date added: July 21, 2017

What’s the budget for the project?

$23M in project funding is approved for design and construction.

Date added:July 21, 2017

How will the project be funded?

Funding in the amount of $23 million has been approved through the 2017 capital budget.

Date added:July 21, 2017

Are you going to be taking away recreation sites from user groups at the Old Ex site?

The Old Exhibition Grounds site has been identified as a suitable location for the station in terms of service delivery. Our public engagement process will allow for public feedback on various options for how the new North District Station could be located on this site.

Date added:July 21, 2017

Last update: December 8, 2017