Moun­ties open Park­land County de­tach­ment

New $23-mil­lion build­ing brings bunch of units un­der one roof

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af­ter over a decade of plan­ning, a new royal cana­dian Mounted Po­lice de­tach­ment for Park­land county opened in Spruce Grove Fri­day af­ter­noon.

the new build­ing brings to­gether rcmp of­fices from the Spruce Grove and Stony Plain de­tach­ments. In to­tal, about 160 peo­ple will work in the new fa­cil­ity.

“It brings to­gether a bunch of dif­fer­ent units un­der one roof. What was pre­vi­ously un­der five build­ings is all un­der one now,” said Insp. Mike Lokken, the com­man­der at the new Park­land de­tach­ment.

In ad­di­tion to the Stony Plain and Spruce Grove de­tach­ments, the 53,000-square-foot, $23-mil­lion fa­cil­ity also houses traf­fic, drug, in­ves­tiga­tive, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and vic­tim ser­vices units, among other groups.

“the fa­cil­i­ties that we were in, we had long out­grown them and they were cer­tainly in need of re­pair,” said Lokken. “a won­der­ful build­ing like this is cer­tainly a wel­come ad­di­tion to com­ple­ment­ing the pro­fes­sion­al­ism that the mem­bers inside project.”

the de­tach­ment also in­cludes space for fu­ture ad­di­tional staff as the size of Park­land county grows.

the build­ing was con­cep­tu­al­ized over a decade ago but con­struc­tion on the fin­ished prod­uct didn’t be­gin un­til 2017. all staff are now moved into the new de­tach­ment.

though trans­fer­ring so many officers from across the county to a new build­ing was a tough task, Lokken says the force main­tained round-the­clock op­er­a­tions through­out the tran­si­tion.

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