September 26, 2014 - 2:47 PM
KELOWNA - The new RCMP cop shop on KLO Road should allow easier access to police services to more communities in the city of Kelowna.
The new KLO Community Policing Office replaces the decommissioned office in Mission and also expands the previous area of service, according to a Kelowna RCMP media release. The Mission office first opened in 1996 as an 800 square foot addition to the firehall on DeHart Road. It was relocated to a larger building on Lakeshore Road in 2001 with additional work space and a big meeting room used for training.
The Lakeshore Road building however was aging and the cost of renovations and maintenance to meet RCMP security standards too high so the new location was scouted out and acquired before the old building was decommissioned last December.
The new 100-1450 KLO Road location was secured through a lease agreement between the City of Kelowna, the Regional District of Central Okanagan and the RCMP. The new location broadens access of policing services to Mission, Crawford Estates and East Kelowna. There’ll be more work space staffed by both municipal employees and RCMP officers, but there’ll also be a broader base of operations for more than 50 RCMP volunteers and crime prevention programs.
Services typical of all RCMP detachment offices will continue to be available at the KLO location with the exception of criminal record checks which can only be processed at the main Kelowna detachment at 350 Doyle Avenue.
The KLO Community Policing Officer hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. Non-emergency services can be obtained at the KLO office or by calling 250-470-0600.
Emergency requiring immediate response should go through the 911 dispatch service.
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