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Will a new police building be an election issue?

'As a police service and the one thing that does come to mind immediately is the idea of a new police building'
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The North Bay Police Headquarters on Princess Street. Photo by Chris Dawson/BayToday.

Could a new or a renovated police headquarters in North Bay become a municipal election issue this fall? 

North Bay Police Chief won't give you a straight yes on that answer, but he does feel something needs to be done to the aging facility. 

"I certainly do not make out a wish list," admitted Tod after the North Bay Police Board meeting which took place in-person at North Bay Police Headquarters on Tuesday morning.  

"The board is well aware of what our priorities are in the way of our capital ask and our operational ask."

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The building situation is not new. In fact, the idea of a new building or a renovated the current building was high on the priority list of Police Chief Shawn Devine back in the fall of 2017.

In October of 2017, the North Bay Police Board received a Facility Report and a 200 plus-page document that offered up three possible options for the future of the headquarters including two involving renovations and the other to build on a new site.   

Different Chief but same concerns.  

"As a police service and the one thing that does come to mind immediately is the idea of a new police building and the concept and the fact that this building is over 50 years old approaching 60 years old that it does have a number of flaws within the building that are causing concerns that could become health and safety concerns in the fact that we are looking hopefully for a new building or a renovation and an addition to this building in the future," said Tod.  

The municipal election takes place on Monday, October 24.