Belleville Police Service New Headquarters
Approximately ten years ago, the search for a new location commenced with a decision being made in 2016 to utilize the Veridian building located at the corner of Sidney and College Streets.
459 Sidney Street is a 9.5 acre parcel of land with a 35,000’ existing building constructed in 1974 with the use of T-Span roof trusses that allows for a large open interior space with few supporting walls. This was imperative for renovation purposes as it afforded the architects with the opportunity to design the new space with few limitations.
The new design for the police station took approximately 18 months to complete and input was sought from a variety of stakeholders, including the community and Belleville Police Service members. The design called for a 67,000’ building to address the needs of our policing changes and included a complete new radio system infrastructure with a 200’ antenna tower on site. With a combined workforce of 153 members, it is very easy to see why our existing building of 37,000’ is significantly too small to accommodate our service.
One of the key features of the design of the new building is a Community Boardroom that will be available for use by non-profit community organizations in Belleville. We want our community to understand that the police building is a building of the people and as such, we will embrace the opportunity to work with community groups that do so much to support our city.
The new police building will house a state-of-the-art forensic evidence examination facility that incorporates positive and negative pressurized rooms. As part of the new design, we will be able to renew our K-9 program as there will be a K-9 area that will allow the police dog to traverse between the interior and exterior of the building through the use of a passage way.
As policing continues to become more and more complex in the execution of our duty, it is mission critical that we have a policing facility that addresses our training needs, sufficient space for our members, and a building that is a post-disaster standard. We eagerly await the opening of our new location to allow our members the opportunity to complete their duties in a workplace that will enhance the effective and efficient delivery of our community safety plan. Our goal is to make “Belleville the Safest Community in Ontario.”
Chief Michael Callaghan