Construction begins on new police station in Halton Hills


Published May 8, 2024 at 3:13 pm

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Construction of the new 66,000 square-foot 1 District Police Station in the Town of Halton Hills is starting. On hand for the groundbreaking event, from left to right, were Halton Hills Mayor Ann Lawlor, Police Board Chair Jeff Knoll, HRPS Chief Stephen Tanner, Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, and Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz. HRPS PHOTO

It’s been “years in the making” and now ground on a new Halton Regional Police station has finally been broken.

Construction is officially underway Wednesday (May 8) on the new 66,000 square-foot 1 District Police Station in the Hornby community in the Town of Halton Hills.

On hand for the event, with shovels in hand, were HRPS Chief Stephen Tanner, Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, Halton Police Board Chair Jeff Knoll, Mayor Ann Lawlor of Halton Hills, and Mayor Gordon Krantz of Milton.

The new station, situated on 5.25 acres located near the intersection of Steeles Ave. and Sixth Line South just north of Highway 401, will support the delivery of policing services to the residents of Halton Hills and Milton communities beginning in 2026.

“Breaking ground on our new 1 District Station is a tremendous moment, one that has been years in the making,” said Tanner. “With the incredible growth in Milton and Halton Hills projected to continue, the need for a modern facility that reflects the unique and evolving needs of Halton Police and the community we serve is evident.

“To support our continuous work to enhance programs and services, our buildings must respect the broader cultural landscape in which we operate, foster our core values of teamwork and inclusivity, and place people first. We look forward to welcoming our team and the broader community to this new Station in 2026.”

The new police facility replaces the D1 District’s 12 Division Police Station, located at 490 Childs Drive in Milton, which opened back in 1997.

The age of the station along with growth in population in Halton Hills and Milton have resulted in the Halton police outgrowing the facility.

“Halton Region is one of the fastest growing communities in the country, and working with our partners to keep our community one of the safest places to live is always a top priority,” said Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair. “The new 1 District Station is an example of our commitment to delivering high quality infrastructure that enables excellent services that our residents expect today and into the future.”

The Halton Police Board approved the larger, more modern police station in 2023.

It will be equipped to accommodate 390 police staff and will be the new home to 1 District Operations, one of three Halton Regional Police Service Collision Reporting Centres, and prisoner lock-up space.

The new facility, which received $28,970 in funding for a feasibility study from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund, will also feature leading-edge systems, including rooftop solar panels, which will measurably reduce electrical consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

“I’m delighted that the new Station will be located in Halton Hills and serve as the hub for the north Halton municipalities,” said Halton Hills Mayor Ann Lawlor. “Today we break ground on a facility that will support the legacy that is our safe community.”

To provide new access to Hornby Park, the Region will be extending Hornby Rd. south of Steeles Ave. to the edge of the park. When completed, the extension will include new streetlights, a multi-use path and boulevard landscaping.

The current 12 Division facility will remain open until completion of the new facility and police services to the public I Milton or Halton Hills will not be impacted by construction during and after.

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