Espanola OPP now under Manitoulin OPP Detachment command

MANITOULIN—Effective yesterday, Tuesday, April 4, the Espanola Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be operationally realigned under the Manitoulin Detachment of the OPP.

“The OPP continuously evaluates its operations to seek efficiencies in support of public safety,” states a press release from the OPP.  “A recent review of OPP detachments in its North East Region identified opportunities for efficiencies and reinvestment.”

Also as part of the changes, the Noelville, Warren and Killarney OPP Detachments have become satellites of the Sudbury OPP Detachment.

“All involved stakeholders were engaged during this process and none of these changes will reduce frontline policing services,” adds the press release. “Administrative hours for each location also remain unchanged. The OPP will continue to meet or exceed provincial policing standards anywhere we serve while striving for our shared vision of ‘Safe Communities…A Secure Ontario’.”

Manitoulin Detachment Staff Sergeant Kevin Webb was unable to be reached as of press time Monday, but previously told The Expositor that the only difference as of April 4 will be the operational responsibility of the Espanola Detachment.

“The Espanola office was a satellite office with the Sudbury Detachment, now the Manitoulin Detachment will oversee it,” Sergeant Webb said. “There will be no job losses and no service cuts.”