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News » Canada » Former bus depot set to become Regina Police HQ » published 13 Nov 2017

Former bus depot set to become Regina Police HQ

A former bus depot in Regina is set to be converted into the city’s new police HQ in a CA$21m project.

The former Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) bus depot and head office will become a new downtown complex for the Regina Police Service (RPS), pending council approval later this month.

“A new police headquarters is the City’s number one facility priority and this was an unexpected opportunity that we could not pass up,” said mayor Michael Fougere. “By utilizing this new building and the existing headquarters, we can provide RPS with a completely refurbished home for a significantly lower cost than to build a new headquarters.” 

The city’s offer to purchase the STC building, along with two neighbouring parking lots, was approved by the Saskatchewan government at a cost of CA$16.25m. It is expected that a further CA$21m will be needed to repurpose the former STC building and carry out facility improvements to the existing RPS headquarters. The approximately CA$37m total amount required for the project is about one-third the estimated CA$140m cost to construct a new police headquarters.

“Our goal would be to begin moving personnel and using the space in 2019,” said police chief Evan Bray. “The size, condition and location of the STC facility provides a unique opportunity to create a campus or compound that allows RPS to maintain a centralized location and satisfy our long-term facility needs.” 

Originally built in 1977, Regina’s police headquarters is now home to 575 employees, both sworn officers and civilian personnel. Changes in policing methods over the past four decades, along with technology, exhibit holding and case management, has resulted in significant overcrowding that has meant some employees and business units were moved to other facilities around the city.

 

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This article was published on 13 Nov 2017 (last updated on 13 Nov 2017).

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