RCMP eyes April date to re-open Bay Roberts de­tach­ment

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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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.

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