RCMP to Begin Policing in Coaldale in January of 2016

Coaldale will have an RCMP Detachment and see a transition of policing from the LRPS to the Mounties in the next 15 months.

The wheels are in motion to transfer policing in Coaldale from the LRPS to the RCMP. Coaldale Mayor Kim Craig says he's received a letter from the Commanding Officer of "K" Division in Edmonton stating the Mounties are preparing to identify suitable candidates to be interviewed as the "Officer in Charge" of the new Coaldale Detachment. He says the target transition date is January 1, 2016. He tells CJOC News this will not only create a policing hub in town, but lead to economic spinoffs too. The Town has committed to seven full-time RCMP officers and two clerical staff within the new Coaldale Detachment. The RCMP will move into a storefront in Coaldale in 2016 until the new Detachment building is constructed, with an estimated opening in 2018. Craig says Coaldale residents may notice an increase in RCMP presence in town during the transitional phase over the next 12 to 15 months. He anticipates a cooperative working relationship between the RCMP and the Lethbridge Regional Police Service and a smooth transition of policing. - Pat Siedlecki
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