Space a problem for Hamilton police

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton Police are preparing a new facilities space needs plan after identifying insufficient space as a problem at their properties across the city.

According to a Police Service Board information report, which was received without any discussion by board members Monday evening, most branches are already at capacity and there is little or no room for growth.

The concern over a lack of space comes five years after the Hamilton Police Service downsized its Dundas station into a community policing centre and opened its long-awaited Division 30 headquarters on Hamilton mountain.

The forensic branch was highlighted in the facilities report as requiring a “substantial increase in space” in order to comply with changing procedures and practices.

“On-site parking at headquarters for service vehicles is insufficient and some vehicles are parked off site in private lots. Indoor parking for specialty vehicles is also full,” the report states.

At the same meeting the facilities report was received, the board approved purchase of 42 additional vehicles.

According to the police service’s 2007 annual report, more space was needed within two years of the new Mountain station opening. At that point, the service was considering “potential ownership/expansion of the Old Mountain Station for permanent HPS use.”

The old Division 30 headquarters at 488 Upper Wellington St. was listed among five stations that are operational 24 hours a day, all year round. Those other main facilities are the headquarters on King William Street, Division 20 headquarters at 2825 King St. E., Division 30 headquarters on Rymal Road East and the Marine Unit on Guise Street.

In addition, the report lists 11 community policing centres, which are staffed by volunteers.

Downsized in 2004

The Dundas Community Policing Centre was downsized in 2004, when approximately 70 officers based at that facility were relocated to the new Mountain station on Rymal Road.

The Dundas station was formerly home to the Hamilton Police Service canine unit, patrol sergeants, detectives, school liaison officers and senior support officers. Before 2004, the Dundas station also featured underground parking for police.

The facilities report notes the service has two offsite storage locations, in Millgrove and at 600 Burlington St. in Hamilton.

According to the report, a new joint training complex for local police, firefighters and paramedics planned at Nebo and Stone Church roads will be completed by March 2011 and will make additional space available at the King William Street headquarters and Station 20.

Space a problem for Hamilton police

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton Police are preparing a new facilities space needs plan after identifying insufficient space as a problem at their properties across the city.

According to a Police Service Board information report, which was received without any discussion by board members Monday evening, most branches are already at capacity and there is little or no room for growth.

The concern over a lack of space comes five years after the Hamilton Police Service downsized its Dundas station into a community policing centre and opened its long-awaited Division 30 headquarters on Hamilton mountain.

The forensic branch was highlighted in the facilities report as requiring a “substantial increase in space” in order to comply with changing procedures and practices.

“On-site parking at headquarters for service vehicles is insufficient and some vehicles are parked off site in private lots. Indoor parking for specialty vehicles is also full,” the report states.

At the same meeting the facilities report was received, the board approved purchase of 42 additional vehicles.

According to the police service’s 2007 annual report, more space was needed within two years of the new Mountain station opening. At that point, the service was considering “potential ownership/expansion of the Old Mountain Station for permanent HPS use.”

The old Division 30 headquarters at 488 Upper Wellington St. was listed among five stations that are operational 24 hours a day, all year round. Those other main facilities are the headquarters on King William Street, Division 20 headquarters at 2825 King St. E., Division 30 headquarters on Rymal Road East and the Marine Unit on Guise Street.

In addition, the report lists 11 community policing centres, which are staffed by volunteers.

Downsized in 2004

The Dundas Community Policing Centre was downsized in 2004, when approximately 70 officers based at that facility were relocated to the new Mountain station on Rymal Road.

The Dundas station was formerly home to the Hamilton Police Service canine unit, patrol sergeants, detectives, school liaison officers and senior support officers. Before 2004, the Dundas station also featured underground parking for police.

The facilities report notes the service has two offsite storage locations, in Millgrove and at 600 Burlington St. in Hamilton.

According to the report, a new joint training complex for local police, firefighters and paramedics planned at Nebo and Stone Church roads will be completed by March 2011 and will make additional space available at the King William Street headquarters and Station 20.

Space a problem for Hamilton police

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton Police are preparing a new facilities space needs plan after identifying insufficient space as a problem at their properties across the city.

According to a Police Service Board information report, which was received without any discussion by board members Monday evening, most branches are already at capacity and there is little or no room for growth.

The concern over a lack of space comes five years after the Hamilton Police Service downsized its Dundas station into a community policing centre and opened its long-awaited Division 30 headquarters on Hamilton mountain.

The forensic branch was highlighted in the facilities report as requiring a “substantial increase in space” in order to comply with changing procedures and practices.

“On-site parking at headquarters for service vehicles is insufficient and some vehicles are parked off site in private lots. Indoor parking for specialty vehicles is also full,” the report states.

At the same meeting the facilities report was received, the board approved purchase of 42 additional vehicles.

According to the police service’s 2007 annual report, more space was needed within two years of the new Mountain station opening. At that point, the service was considering “potential ownership/expansion of the Old Mountain Station for permanent HPS use.”

The old Division 30 headquarters at 488 Upper Wellington St. was listed among five stations that are operational 24 hours a day, all year round. Those other main facilities are the headquarters on King William Street, Division 20 headquarters at 2825 King St. E., Division 30 headquarters on Rymal Road East and the Marine Unit on Guise Street.

In addition, the report lists 11 community policing centres, which are staffed by volunteers.

Downsized in 2004

The Dundas Community Policing Centre was downsized in 2004, when approximately 70 officers based at that facility were relocated to the new Mountain station on Rymal Road.

The Dundas station was formerly home to the Hamilton Police Service canine unit, patrol sergeants, detectives, school liaison officers and senior support officers. Before 2004, the Dundas station also featured underground parking for police.

The facilities report notes the service has two offsite storage locations, in Millgrove and at 600 Burlington St. in Hamilton.

According to the report, a new joint training complex for local police, firefighters and paramedics planned at Nebo and Stone Church roads will be completed by March 2011 and will make additional space available at the King William Street headquarters and Station 20.