Mounties open Parkland County detachment
New $23-million building brings bunch of units under one roof
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.