RCMP bol­sters ser­vice in Bay Roberts

Re­stores full-time district as­sis­tant po­si­tion to the de­tach­ment

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS Source: RCMP

For the first time in some 14 years, cit­i­zens in Bay Roberts and area will have ac­cess to the lo­cal RCMP de­tach­ment dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours.

Trinity Con­cep­tion District RCMP Sgt. Marc Coulombe con­firmed last week that a full-time district as­sis­tant has been hired, and the de­tach­ment will be open to the pub­lic from Mon­day to Fri­day, be­gin­ning Oct. 31.

“ This will dra­mat­i­cally im­prove our ser­vice to the pub­lic,” Coulombe stated.

The Bay Roberts de­tach­ment has been open to the pub­lic on a lim­ited ba­sis since the fall of 1997, forc­ing many res­i­dents in the area from Up­per Is­land Cove to Marys­vale to travel to the district head­quar­ters in Har­bour Grace for ser­vices.

In re­cent months, a Moun­tie on re­stricted du­ties was staffing the of­fice sev­eral days-aweek. Coulombe said word quickly got out that the of­fice was open on a lim­ited ba­sis, and many peo­ple took ad­van­tage of it.

He said it proved it was time to re­open the of­fice on a more per­ma­nent ba­sis.

“ This has been a long time com­ing,” Coulombe stated.

Com­man­ders with the district have been try­ing for sev­eral years to ac­quire the nec­es­sary fund­ing from the provin­cial govern­ment to hire an­other full-time district as­sis­tant.

The Town of Bay Roberts has also been lob­by­ing for an im­proved level of ser­vice at the de­tach­ment.

Un­der this new ar­range­ment, Grand Bank na­tive and Bay Roberts res­i­dent Tammy Hil­lier has been hired to serve in the po­si­tion. There will be two district as­sis­tants in Har­bour Grace, Coulombe ex­plained. “I’m re­ally happy with this,” he added. There is a heavy de­mand for cer­tifi­cates of con­duct, and Coulombe said re­open­ing the Bay Roberts de­tach­ment will al­le­vi­ate the pres­sure on the Har­bour Grace of­fice, and

About the Trinity Con­cep­tion District RCMP

• Staffing — 28 Moun­ties and three district as­sis­tants

• Ge­og­ra­phy — a re­gion of Con­cep­tion Bay from Marys­vale to Bay de Verde, and as far as Heart’s De­light in Trinity Bay • Pop­u­la­tion — 37,675 (2006 Cen­sus) • Com­mu­ni­ties — 60 • Num­ber of files — 6,477 (2010), 1,760 of which were re­quests for cer­tifi­cates of con­duct make it more con­ve­nient for those liv­ing in the Bay Roberts area.

The of­fice will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon­day to Fri­day, ex­cept on hol­i­days. It will close for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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