OPG, DRPS complete security change of command

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) assumed direct responsibility for security services at its two nuclear stations in Durham Region.

The change of command took place at a formal ceremony that marked the passing of responsibility and accountability from Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) to OPG.

“Today we completed a seamless transfer of command that ensures the public and our staff are protected and safe,” said Pierre Tremblay, Chief Nuclear Operating Officer.

OPG partnered with DRPS in 2001 to provide protection and armed response service at Pickering and Darlington nuclear stations.

“We’ve had a tremendous partnership with DRPS since 9/11. They worked hard to protect the community they serve,” said Paul Nadeau, Vice President Nuclear Security.

Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles praised the smooth transition at both sites and said the partnership has benefited both organizations.

“We’ve always enjoyed an excellent working relationship with OPG and we have learned a lot from each other,” he says, “We will continue to work closely with them and their security teams in the future.”

OPG announced in 2007 that it would create its own armed security teams. The transition at Pickering Nuclear was completed in January 2010. OPG’s security forces, which include a team of highly-trained, elite recruits complete rigorous training and many come from a police or military background.