The City of Kelowna and RCMP officially opened the new Kelowna RCMP Detachment, City of Kelowna Police Services Building yesterday, June 27. Many special guests and members of the community were in attendance.
Police officers dressed in their ceremonial Red Serge were joined by Auxiliary Constables, Regional Detachment volunteers and civilian staff employees as they marched the Canadian flag from the old RCMP Detachment on Doyle Avenue to the new RCMP Detachment, City of Kelowna Police Services Building, located at 1190 Richter St.
The last flag flown at the old detachment on Doyle Avenue was presented to the Officer-In-Charge of the Kelowna RCMP, Supt. Brent Mundle, to be retained for it’s historical value and proudly displayed inside the new Kelowna RCMP Detachment.
The detachment’s newest recruit, Constable Conrad Erbes, had the honour of raising a new Canadian flag gifted by the Commanding Officer of the RCMP in British Columbia, Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr.
This is more than a building – it is an investment in the RCMP, giving them the facilities and equipment that they need to keep our community safe, said Mayor Colin Basran, during his speech. The $48-million project includes upgraded underground infrastructure, along with road and intersection upgrades on Clement.
The new facility provides the RCMP with an environmentally efficient workspace that accommodates all 380 members, support staff and volunteers from three facilities spanned across the city into one. This will realize a significant benefit to the operational effectiveness of the detachment.
Centralizing our specialized units like our serious crimes investigators, forensic identification specialists, police dog canine units, traffic services units and community policing personnel will help to contribute to a safer city, said Superintendent Brent Mundle, Officer-In-Charge of the Kelowna Regional RCMP.
The new facility features modern standards that provides quality investigative support services which are essential for front line policing functions such as, evidence processing, forensic identification and examination services, records management and a cell block facility; all standards that were not met in 1960’s era facility on Doyle Avenue.
The previous RCMP Detachment was built in 1962 when Kelowna’s population was approximately 14,000. Now with a population of more than 120,000 and exponentially growing, the new building can meet community needs for the next 50 to 75 years.
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