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October 18, 2016 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - Even though it’s only been open since May, Kamloops RCMP are planning upgrades to the North Shore community policing station.

RCMP will be asking the city for $300,000 to $500,000 for various upgrades around the new office. Supt. Brad Mueller brought up the future upgrades today, Oct. 18, to city council as part of a report about the new office.

The main priority is renovating an area for use by dog teams, while a forensic identification bay is also important, Mueller says. Minor improvements include locker rooms, roof replacement and storage improvements.

“The existing office space that we have for the dogs is really, really cramped for them,” he says.

Additionally, due to the types of calls on the North Shore, like missing persons or assaults, Mueller says having dogs working out of the North Shore office would be a help.

While a report will be coming to council in advance of supplementary talks this fall, he doesn’t expect the upgrades to come right away.

“[We’re] looking at a multi-year plan to do some of that,” Mueller says. “I’m hoping we can get a start on those in the coming year.”

The building, which cost the city $2 million to purchase and renovate, was opened in May.

The additions will be discussed at supplementary budget meetings this fall and could be added into the 2017 budget if council agrees to move forward with them. Mueller pointed to the police reserve fund as a source for funds if needed.

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