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					                                                                                          OPP 100th Anniversary




 A Special Advertising Feature




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             n October 13, 1909, a provincial        years, many worked in single officer detach-        alded a new era in communications. By 1956,         technology; uniforms designed for greater
             Order-in-Council decreed the estab-     ments without benefit of telephone or radio com-    75 percent of members were concentrated on          comfort and practicality and the first protective
             lishment of the “Ontario Provincial     munications or even motor vehicles. In the north,   enforcing the Highway Traffic Act, reflecting a     vests became available.
Police Force” - a permanent force of salaried        rail was the most common form of transportation.    significant increase in the volume of vehicles on      Relocated from Toronto, the 1995 opening
police constables. From its earliest days to to-        The successive appointments in the 1920s of      the road. Shortly thereafter, the OPP employed      of General Headquarters in Orillia marked the
day, the strength of the OPP has been its people.    two military men to the position of commissioner    SCUBA equipment for the first time and began        first time all GHQ staff were located under one
   The OPP’s roots can be traced back to the         defined the character of the new and expanding      utilizing snow vehicles in the north.               roof, centralizing operations. In 1997, the
19th century when John Wilson Murray, the            organization with Standing Orders, badge num-          A major reorganization of the OPP, initiated     Golden Helmets Precision Motorcycle Team,
province’s first full-time paid criminal detec-      bers and military style uniforms and insignia.      by Commissioner Eric Silk, characterized the        originally established in the 1960s, began rid-
tive, began his 31-year career in 1875. A small         In 1930, personnel from the Department of        1960s. What followed was a period of rapid          ing again; the moratorium on contracting for
staff of government detectives worked for the        Public Highways joined the OPP Motorcycle           growth through modernization, diversity and         police services was lifted and significant uni-
Attorney General’s office until the formation of     Patrol. By 1941, Ontario’s increasingly busy        training. In 1965, the OPP was the first Canadi-    form changes brought in wide brim hats and
the OPP when many of these “provincial con-          highways dictated the introduction of marked        an police service to commence traffic law en-       dark blue uniform shirts.
stables” subsequently joined the now formal-         patrol cars – creating the indelible link between   forcement by air.                                      In 1998, Commissioner Gwen Boniface be-
ized Ontario Provincial Police.                      black and white cruiser, and patrol officer.           In 1974, the OPP hired the first women for       came the 12th leader of the OPP and the first
   OPP Headquarters was established at Queen’s          During World War II, the government utilized     uniform duty. In 1977, the OPP was instrumen-       woman to hold that rank. The 1999 purchase
Park in Toronto with divisional offices in Niagara   volunteers to assist in provincial security du-     tal in the development of the first laser used in   of a Pilatus PC 12/45 plane expanded Aviation
Falls and Cobalt. Superintendent Joseph E.           ties—the forebears of today’s Auxiliary Program     the world for forensic identification. The 1980s    Services by allowing the OPP to perform mis-
Rogers, first head of the OPP, commanded six in-     (1960). In 1947, the OPP’s launch of the largest    saw increased efficiency through improve-           sions anywhere in Ontario and across North
spectors and 38 constables. During these early       most modern police radio system in Canada her-      ments in telecommunications and computer
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       THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
                                                     A Century of Policing
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           Continued from Page 1
America. The Incident Support Centre
played a critical role in the OPP’s
preparations for the dawn of the new
millennium (Y2K), which arrived
without incident.
   The September 11, 2001 terrorist
attacks in New York had a significant
impact on the OPP and the proactive
and reactive response to emergency
situations. The creation of the Provin-
cial Emergency Response Team
(PERT) in 2001, the Provincial Anti-
Terrorism Section (P.A.T.S) in 2002
and the OPP Security Service at
Queen’s Park Toronto (2003) posi-
tioned the OPP as a leader in emer-
gency management.
   The Highway Safety Division was
introduced in 2005, with a focus on re-
ducing motor vehicle collision injuries                                                     • The OPP serves a province with
and fatalities. LED light bars were in-                   THE OPP TODAY                  more than 12 million people and di-
stalled on cruisers in 2006 to increase




                                                                                                                                      Photos courtesy of: Frontenac Detachment OPP
                                             • After a century of policing, the          rectly polices nearly one million
visibility and enhance officer safety.     OPP fulfills its mandate as one of            square kilometres of land, over 110
   Commissioner Julian Fantino was         North America’s largest deployed              thousand square kilometres of water-
sworn in as the OPP’s 13th leader in       police services with more than 5,900          ways (95% of Ontario’s policed wa-
2006. In light of the organization’s       uniformed officers including part-            terways) and more than 130 thou-
strong traditions, he reintroduced black   time police officers and cadets, over         sand kilometres of provincial high-
and white cruisers in 2007 and initiated   2,600 civilian employees and over             way. Ontario diversity truly rests
the return of the peak cap in 2008.        850 Auxiliary members (2008).                 with its landscape and its people.
   “Policing Excellence through Our          • OPP members provide a vast ar-               • From forested wilderness and
People, Our Work, and Our Rela-            ray of services to both the province          vast lakes and rivers, to rural farm-                                                       Corporal Ivan Spencer badge #350, 1939
tionships” is the mission of the OPP       and more than 315 municipalities,             land and dynamic urban centres, the                                                         Before the black and white cruiser, provincial highways were patrolled by motorcycle.
which guides each member towards           through 165 detachments, six re-              frontiers of policing continue to pre-
the achievement of the OPP’s overall       gional headquarters facilities and            sent exciting challenges to the OPP.                                  achievement of service to the people                             commitment to excellence in polic-
vision for “Safe Communities… A            OPP General Headquarters.                        The year 2009 marks the OPP’s                                      of Ontario. This year is not only a cel-                         ing throughout the next century.
Secure Ontario.”                                                                         100th anniversary, a milestone                                        ebration of the past it also continues a


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 OPP - Cruisers NOW and THEN
                               The saga of the black-and-white
 By: michael MANNELLA - Sun Media




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           very fleet has a flagship. And for most            of the 1920s, when not everyone had a                Although some of the makes and mod-
           of the OPP’s 100-year history, the                 ride. “In those days, officers walked where       els changed over the years, black and
           black-and-white cruiser has been at                they needed to go, hired rides for short          white stayed, adorning the OPP’s fleet for
 the forefront of Ontario’s policing armada.                  trips, and routinely travelled by train.”         most of its years. “The 1950 Ford is my
     A common sight on highways across                            When the first cruiser rolled into service,   favourite,” an excited Johnstone says.




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 t h e p r o v i n c e t o d a y, t h e d i s t i n c t l y   it forever changed the identity of the OPP.       “Now as for how much fun it would have
 coloured scout car wasn’t always a cop’s                         The 1941 Chevrolet Master Deluxe              been to drive it, that’s another story.”
 ride-of-choice. Before the black-and-                        coupe was a sight for sore eyes. Reminis-            It wasn’t until the late 1980s that OPP
 white made its appearance, provincial                        cent of something out of a Dick Tracy com-        patrol cars got their very own extreme
 highways were patrolled by motorcycle.                       ic strip, the car came in two colour              makeover. The 1989 Chevrolet Caprice
     “Finally by the end of 1942, there were                  schemes. Highway patrol cars were all             was the last of its kind before a full-
 91 marked patrol cars,” says Christine                       white, with black hoods and fenders, while        fledged switch to an all-white cruiser
 Johnstone of the OPP Museum. It was a                        detachment patrol cars were all black with        with blue and gold stripes – aimed at sav-
 sweeping change from the bootlegging era                     white doors and quarter panels.                   ing $100,000 a year in two-tone painting.
                                                                                                                Known as Car 7-500, the black-and-
                                                                                                                white icon now sits inside the force’s gen-
                                                                                                                eral headquarters in Orillia, reminding
                                                                                                                visitors of an era not forgotten.
                                                                                                                   But like a classic rock and roll hit, good
                                                                                                                things never die. Today the OPP’s con-




                                                                                                                                                                  Photos courtesy of: Frontenac Detachment OPP
                                                                                                                trasting black-and-white interceptor is
                                                                                                                back after a launch in 2007 as part of the
                                                                                                                force’s Provincial Traffic Safety Program.
                                                                                                                For the most part, the colour scheme is
                                                                                                                distinctly OPP.



 Ford Richardson, Allan Campbell, Don Jordan and Martin Ericksen stand by
 the first cruisers in Kenora, 1942.                                                                                                                                                                              One of the first black and white patrol cruisers, circa 1941


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A Message from the                                               Our Vision
Detachment                                                                                               “Save Communities…A Secure Ontario”
    Commander                                                                                             Our Mission
  F
          rontenac Detachment is responsi-
          ble for policing South Frontenac                                                                          “Policing Excellence through Our People,
          Twp, Highway 401 and Highway                                                                              Our Work, and Our Realationships”
 15 in Frontenac County. We are located in
 the village of Hartington off road 38 on the
 Hinchinbrooke Road.
    The civilian staff, officers and auxiliary vol-                                                   Planning on a CAREER with the
 unteers are dedicated to assisting the public at
 all times. Officers will be visible and accessi-
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 ble to the public not only on regular patrol,                                                        Learn more at
 but also by being on foot patrol in local vil-
 lages, in local schools, at sporting events and
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 other community gatherings.
    With assistance from OPP regional units
 such as, SAVE, TRU, ERT, CANINE, IDENT
 and RIDE we will continue to strive for polic-
 ing excellence through our people, our work
 and our relationships. We have a strong part-
 nership with our Police Services Board who
 is dedicated to providing the best possible
 policing to South Frontenac Twp.
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    We look forward to continuing a positive
 relationship with residents and visitors of
 South Frontenac Township to ensure a safe
 community for all. Please feel free to stop
 by our office or call; we look forward to
                                                                                                                                                                      In 1974,
 meeting you and helping you in any man-                                                                                                                              the OPP hired
 ner possible.                                                                                                                                                        the first woman
   Staff Sergeant Gary Ouellette                                                                                                                                      for uniform duty.
   Detachment Commander
                                                                                                     The OPP have been utilizing snow vehicles since 1956.



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