Calgary, AB,

Calgary Police Service breaks ground on new Spyhill Services Centre

Today, the Calgary Police Service will break ground on the new Spyhill Services Centre, located at 12500 85 St. N.W.

“This facility will replace the current Arrest Processing Section, located in downtown Calgary, which at nearly 60 years old has reached the end of its lifecycle,” said Chief Constable Roger Chaffin. “After extensive research and exploration of alternatives, building a new facility was determined to be the most cost-effective, practical solution.”

The 49,000-square foot, two-storey building will sit on 3.15 acres on lease from the Province of Alberta. The building is LEED Silver certified, designed with future growth in mind. The location was chosen due to the availability of land to accommodate a new facility as well as the proximity to similar facilities, including the Calgary Remand Centre, the Calgary Correctional Centre and the Calgary Young Offender Centre.

“This facility will help to ensure that detainees can be held safely and securely,” said Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. “This will support important work by the Calgary Police Service to maintain public safety and respect individual rights.”

Construction is slated to begin on Monday, June 18, 2018 with the facility being fully operational in January 2020. The estimated cost of the facility is $25M.

“As the facility begins to take shape, we understand that members of neighbouring communities will have questions about the facility and the potential impacts on the surrounding area,” said Chief Constable Chaffin. “We are committed to sharing more information and hosting public information sessions about the facility in 2018 so that community members can learn more about the project.”