RCMP detachment back in Bay Roberts
Bay Roberts, Harbour Grace now separate detachments
As of the beginning of April, Trinity Conception RCMP is no more, with both Harbour Grace and Bay Roberts now operating as their own detachments. Community leaders gathered at the Bay Roberts detachment last week to help celebrate the new arranagement and to check out what’s being done at the building to accommodate the change.
Bay Roberts and Harbour Grace now have separate detachments following a reorganization of the former Trinity Conception RCMP service.
In the mid-1990s, the RCMP amalgamated local detachments across the province to form 11 new policing districts. The Trinity Conception detachment came into existence as a result, with offices in Bay Roberts and Harbour Grace used to serve a regional police unit ever since.
A review started in the fall of 2013 to look at the state of the Trinity Conception detachment. According to Supt. Jamie Zettler, eastern district director for the RCMP’s B division in Newfoundland and Labrador, the police force recognized changing demographics in the area and was aware specifically of Bay Roberts interest in having its own detachment.
After reviewing a report, the RCMP’s B division decided a year later that the Bay Roberts satellite office would reopen as its own detachment. Following a one-year transitional period, the Bay Roberts detachment became operational as of April 1.
“That work has led to a smooth transition, ensuring public safety is not compromised,” said Zettler.
Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood was pleased to be at the local detachment last Wednesday, where a small gathering took place to show community leaders around the office. He and other members of the town council advocated for years to see the Bay Roberts detachment return.
“A regional concept was tried and had some success, however, it has been recognized that fulltime, standalone or independent detachments … have far greater advantages than the regional model,” said the mayor.
Harbour Grace-Port de Grave MHA Pam Parsons said the return of the Bay Roberts detachment was long awaited and welcome.
“As we know, society evolves, and unfortunately crimes evolve as well and they become more sophisticated,” said Parsons.
Sgt. Richard Marshall will be in charge at the Bay Roberts detachment, while Sgt. Howard Gale will be Harbour Grace’s commanding officer.
With the reorganization, officers will be assigned to specific detachments instead of moving between the two sites. Some renovations at the Bay Roberts detachment will continue over the next little while, with an electronic fingerprint system due to be installed shortly.
Despite the change, the two detachments will maintain close ties. Prisoners will be held in the Harbour Grace detachment, while former cells in Bay Roberts will be repurposed. When necessary, staff from both detachments will work collaboratively to deal with cases, according to Marshall.
People looking to reach the Harbour Grace detachment can call 596-5014, while Bay Roberts officers can be contacted at 786-2118.
Several guests were on hand last Wednesday to recognize the return of the Bay Roberts RCMP detachment, including, from the left, Sgt. Richard Marshall, Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood, Harbour Grace-Port-de-Grave MHA Pam Parsons, Harbour Grace Mayor Terry Barnes, and Supt. Jamie Zettler, eastern district director for the RCMP’s B division in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Sgt. Richard Marshall, right, chats with Harbour GracePort de Grave MHA Pam Parsons at the Bay Roberts RCMP detachment.