More space, ef­fi­cien­cies

RCMP mark ground­break­ing at fu­ture New Mi­nas de­tach­ment site

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Ash­ley.Thomp­son@kingscountynews.ca

Kings South MLA Keith Irv­ing, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Brian Brennan, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the Nova Sco­tia RCMP, Kings Dis­trict RCMP Insp. Dan Mor­row and Kings County Deputy Mayor Emily Lutz par­tic­i­pate in the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony hosted at the fu­ture site of the new RCMP de­tach­ment in New Mi­nas Nov. 2.

Kings Dis­trict RCMP mem­bers could have a state of the art head­quar­ters as soon as early 2019.

A ground­break­ing cer­e­mony was held at the ac­tive con­struc­tion site at 8833 Com­mer­cial St. in New Mi­nas Nov. 2.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Brian Brennan, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the Nova Sco­tia RCMP, said the $9,547,000 mil­lion project de­notes a sig­nif­i­cant com­mit­ment to polic­ing.

“We’re here for a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony. I think we’re a bit be­hind; looks like they’ve bro­ken lots of ground al­ready and are well on their way build­ing this fab­u­lous fa­cil­ity,” quipped Brennan, in pre­sent­ing the opening re­marks at the cer­e­mony.

“Th­ese in­vest­ments don’t come with­out a lot of hard work be­hind the scenes.”

Staff- Sgt. Paul Cough­lin of Kings Dis­trict RCMP said the new build­ing will al­low for more polic­ing units in Kings to be based un­der the same roof.

“It’s nice to have ev­ery­body to­gether so there’s a good shar­ing of re­sources,” said Cough­lin in a brief in­ter­view fol­low­ing the for­mal re­marks.

The de­tach­ment on Jones Road is 35 years old, and smaller than the build­ing plot­ted out for a par­cel of land lo­cated across the street from the old bowl­ing al­ley along Com­mer­cial Street.

More than 70 em­ploy­ees will be based out of the new lo­ca­tion, in­clud­ing a mix of ad­min­is­tra­tive and op­er­a­tional staff. There will be space for: New Mi­nas de­tach­ment mem­bers, the South­west Nova Ma­jor Crimes Unit, Traf­fic Ser­vices, Gen­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Sec­tion, Foren­sic Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Ser­vices and Po­lice Dog Ser­vices.

“It’s go­ing to be a good work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the mem­bers… there’s a lit­tle more space, a lit­tle more ef­fi­cien­cies as far as how we do things,” said Cough­lin.

ASH­LEY THOMP­SON

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