RCMP eyes April date to re-open Bay Roberts detachment
Trinity Conception RCMP hopes to be in the position to reopen its detachment in Bay Roberts by next April.
Last month, Justice Minister Darin King informally announced the detachment would re-open while visiting the community on another matter. At that time, questions remained about when that might happen.
But according to the minutes from a privileged Bay Roberts council meeting on Aug. 25, police tentatively hope to be in the building by April 1, 2016. Supt. Jamie Zettler, eastern district director for the RCMP’s B division in Newfoundland and Labrador, attended that meeting, as did Trinity Conception Sgt. Richard Marshall.
The building in Bay Roberts presently serves as a satellite office, but it is not ready to accommodate an immediate re-opening, as extensive renovations will be necessary. According to the minutes from the privileged council meeting, that job has already gone to tender.
News of the detachment reopening with regular hours was warmly received last month. Mayor Philip Wood told The Compass residents have been asking for an increased police presence in the community. Reopening the local detachment will give them peace of mind, he added.
According to the minutes from a privileged Bay Roberts council meeting, RCMP hope to have the local detachment ready to re-open by next April.