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North District Police Station

UPDATE: The bid opportunity to seek private land options for the North District station has now closed. Further details can be found under the Updates tab.

The City is in the planning stages of building a new North District police station to replace the existing station #13 located at 266 Hartford Ave. as part of its transition to a four district police station model. The Winnipeg Police Service’s (WPS) Four District Model will be achieved with the addition of the North District station.

The existing station #13 does not meet current needs, and the building itself is not adequately located to handle growth in the north end of the city. 

Updates

    February 2019 – Submissions to the City’s bid opportunity to seek private land options for the North District Police Station were accepted until 4p.m. on January 31, 2019. The Request for Proposals (RFP) outlined the requirements and criteria for site selection, and can be accessed online on the Closed Bid Opportunity Information page (Bid Opp #1037-2018). The City will now evaluate proposals to determine a preferred site. A recommendation to acquire a chosen development site will ultimately be considered by the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development (SPC–PDHDD) followed by Council. As part of the decision-making process there will be opportunities for members of the public to appear as a delegation before committees or Council. Notification of these opportunities will be provided to those on the project email list with as much notice as possible.

    November 2018 - In response to stakeholder and public engagement activities that showed a significant number of residents and organized community groups were not in support of a North District Police Station being built at the Old Exhibition Grounds, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek private land options for the project, with a closing date of January 31, 2019.

    June 2018 – Council approved the Public Service’s recommendations that:

    1. The Real Estate Branch of the Planning, Property and Development Department puts out a request for proposals (an RFP) to identify a preferred development site for the North District Police Station project.
    2. The Public Service evaluates proposals and reports back with a recommendation for a preferred development site.

Project Timeline

Timeline

Background

On July 23, 2003, Council approved the implementation of the WPS’s Four District Model. The former WPS six district service delivery model was based on a municipal structure which existed prior to 1971. The existing station #13 located at 266 Hartford Ave. pre-dates the 1971 city amalgamation. It was designed for 30-40 male officers with bare minimum holding cells, video capability, security, and female locker area. There is barely any separation between detainees processing area and officer's work area. The existing station does not meet the current needs of policing and the building itself is not adequately located to handle growth in the north end of the city. 

These and other issues led the WPS to review its service delivery structure and recommend realignment from six to four districts. The Four District Model will result in operational efficiencies. To date, the implementation of the Four District Model has resulted in the closure of five former police stations and the construction of three new police stations. The East District station, West District station and the Police Headquarters building have been built, while the North District station is the last station required to complete the Four District Model. 

WPS service needs will be addressed through the construction of the North District station. The station will be designed to follow the same model as the East District station and the West District station. The North District station will replace the existing station #13 located at 266 Hartford Ave.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
RFP
December 7, 2018 Request for Proposals
Site selection: Evaluation criteria December 7, 2018 Criteria
WPS District 3 Map December 7, 2018 Map
WPS Population Density Map December 7, 2018 Map
WPS Primary Dike Map December 7, 2018 Map
Public Engagement Summary June 4, 2018 Report
News Release October 26, 2017 News Release
Postcard Invitation October 26, 2017 Postcard
Email Newsletter #1 October 26, 2017 Newsletter
Community Workshop Boards November 14, 2017 Image Boards

Engage

Engagement Activities to Date

  • Stakeholder meetings – July 5 to October 4, 2017
  • Resident Information Sessions (2) – November 1 and 2, 2017
  • Online survey - October 26 to November 21, 2017
  • In-person survey – October 14 to November 21, 2017
  • Public Workshop – November 14, 2017

Please view the summary here:

Feedback from stakeholder engagement activities, the community workshop, and the online survey was compiled and analyzed to produce the North District Station Public Engagement Summary. Over 50 community members attended the workshop on November 14, 2017, and over 200 surveys were submitted. The outcome of stakeholder assessment and public engagement activities in summer and fall of 2017, which proposed a partial repurposing of City land at the Old Exhibition Grounds, served to identify that a significant number of residents and organized community groups were not in support of the North District Police Station being built at this location.

In response to these concerns, an administrative report concerning private land options was approved by SPC-PDHDD on June 8, 2018. Following SPC-PDHDD report approval, the Public Service put together an RFP to solicit private land options. The project timeline has been updated to reflect this process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are you closing the current police station?

The existing station #13 does not meet the current needs of policing and the building itself is not adequately located to handle the growth in the North end of the City. The building was originally built to handle the needs of the West Kildonan Police Department.  

Date added: July 21, 2017

Why are four stations better than six stations?

On July 23, 2003, Council approved the implementation of the WPS Four District Model. The former WPS six district service delivery model was based on a municipal structure which existed prior to 1971, and the existing building pre-dates the 1971 city amalgamation. The station was designed for 30-40 male officers with bare minimum holding cells, video capability, security, and female locker area. There is barely any separation between detainees processing area and officer's work area. The existing station does not meet the current needs of policing and the building itself is not adequately located to handle growth in the North end of the City. 

These and other issues led the WPS to review its service delivery structure and recommend realignment from six to four districts. The Four District Model will result in operational efficiencies. To date, the  implementation of the Four District Model has resulted in the closure of five former police stations and the construction of three new police stations. The East and West district stations have been built, as well as the Police Headquarters building, while the North District station is the last station required to complete the Four District Model. 

Date added: July 21, 2017

Why is the City no longer considering the Old Exhibition Grounds as a location for the North District station?

In response to stakeholder and public engagement activities that showed that a significant number of residents and organized community groups were not in support of a North District Police Station being built at the Old Exhibition Grounds, the City is seeking proposals for an alternative site for the station. A summary of public input can be viewed on the project ‘Documents’ tab.

Date added: December 7, 2018

How is the City planning to choose a site?

Site selection is scored on merit and qualification, based on a number of the selection criteria. The selection criteria can be viewed on the project ‘Documents’ tab. The highest scored submission will define site selection.

Date added: December 7, 2018

Will members of the public be able to provide feedback on the recommended new site?

The recommended preferred development site will be considered by the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development followed by Council. As part of the decision-making process there will be opportunities for members of the public to appear as a delegation before committees or Council. Notification of these opportunities will be provided to those on the project email list with as much notice as possible.

Date added: December 7, 2018

What is the proposed timeline to construct the North District station?

There is currently no construction timeline for the North District station. Potential timelines will be reconsidered pending the evaluation of potential private land options.

Date added: December 7, 2018

What’s the budget for the project?

Funding in the amount of $23.38 million has been approved through the 2018 capital budget.

Date added:July 21, 2017

How will the project be funded?

Funding in the amount of $23 million has been approved through the 2017 capital budget.

Date added:December 7, 2018

Are you going to be taking away recreation sites from user groups at the Old Ex site?

The Old Exhibition Grounds site has been identified as a suitable location for the station in terms of service delivery. Our public engagement process will allow for public feedback on various options for how the new North District Station could be located on this site.

Date added:July 21, 2017

Last update: February 1, 2019