New digs for Maidstone RCMP nearing finish

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February 2, 2016 12:00 PM

The Maidstone RCMP is movin’ on up, to the east side.
According to sources, the detachment has outgrown its current space,  but everything is on schedule with the new facility that should be ready this summer.
The new building is under construction at the intersection of 4th St. E. and 4th Ave. and will offer 9,220 square feet of space to its resident officers and support staff when construction is done.
“We did have some office space in Lloydminster when it was on the Saskatchewan side, but since they moved, we no longer use their building,” said Const. Jolene Harrison, referring to the Lloydminster detachment’s move to the Alberta side of the city last year.
“So we had a couple members posted there and we utilized a few offices in that old building, but since then we’ve had to move out here and we just don’t have enough room for the people.”
Ground was broken for the project on Oct. 23, 2014 and completion is expected to wrap up some time around July of this year.
The Maidstone detachment is home to 13 RCMP members, including nine constables, one corporal, one sergeant and two secretaries.
The patrol area for the detachment extends from the outskirts of Lloydminster to the west of Maidstone, east to Bresaylor, then from the North Saskatchewan River to Battle River.
Mayor Connie McCulloch agreed there was a need for an updated building and said she’s excited as the completion date draws near.
“They were looking for a new site for the building and because Maidstone is just about the centre of their territory they cover, it was an ideal location for them and they’ve always had a detachment here so I think they thought this was a good area,” McCulloch said.
MLA for Cutknife-Turtlefords, Larry Doke, acknowledges the RCMP fall under federal jurisdiction, but was on hand for the sod turning back in 2014, and like McCulloch, said he’s excited to see the building is almost ready.
Doke said the updated facility should give the RCMP a better response time to calls and added he suspects patrolling of the nearby rural areas will naturally increase.
“I know the citizens of Maidstone are very happy this is happening and the town is excited about the project too,” said Doke.
“Sometimes we take things for granted and people always complain about what they (RCMP) don’t do but the things that they do are extremely important and these are good community minded citizens.
“They’re involved and their presence is everywhere.”
Doke said he also suspects there will be a “fairly major” function for the grand opening this summer and encourages local and rural residents to stop by and see the detachment’s new home.

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