New police facility opens in Edmonton
By Blue Line Staff
By Blue Line Staff
Edmonton Police Service opened the doors to its new Northwest Campus facility on March 1. The campus was purpose-built for the operational needs of policing as well as the well-being of the essential employees who will be working in the facility around the clock.
“The new Northwest Campus gives us more opportunities to improve public and
officer safety,” says EPS Chief Dale McFee. “While we can respond more effectively to crime in northwest Edmonton, we can also give our newest officers additional opportunities to train in an integrated community policing environment. We can create new synergies between staff and have a more comprehensive approach to the service we provide to the public.”
The facility’s design is based on a hub model with shared amenities to optimize building space, reduce costs and allow for future expansion if required.
EPS said the move to the new campus facility is crucial, as existing facilities no longer provide adequate functionality or space, need significant upgrades and/or are at the end of their lease or lifespan. Since 2005, EPS has used a former Canadian Armed Forces building in Griesbach as a training facility. While the older building served its purpose, the new facility at Northwest Campus will be a vast improvement as it brings together Recruit Training and Professional Development under one roof. It will also improve the police service’s ability to deliver training to its membership.
The Detainee Care facility has also seen significant upgrades over the previous location. Designed for increased safety and security, the open layout and additional holding cells aim to help prevent overcrowding (especially necessary during the pandemic), and enhanced monitoring systems will ensure individuals are provided with a greater level of care while in custody.