Glenmore community police office to close Feb. 29
The Kelowna RCMP says crime prevention programs and services for the Glenmore neighbourhood will continue despite the closing of the area's community police office leased at the end of the month.
The rented office space, at the southwest corner of Mountain Avenue and Glenmore Road, will close Feb. 29 after six years in operation.
The Glenmore office is the only community police office not housed on the City of Kelowna property.
As a financial savings measure, the local RCMP proposed closing the the office as part of its budget submission to city council last month. Each year, the lease, plus regular maintenance for the office, costs the city $54,000.
“We haven’t changed our mind about the need for community outreach and the real benefits of involving neighbourhood volunteers in crime prevention programs,” said Kelowna RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon. “But in a tough budget year we need to put the resources we have where the priorities are and right now the priority is for additional members.”
In its budget deliberations in January, City Council approved a request for an additional four RCMP officers and an RCMP crime analyst in 2012.
Volunteer services, such as the Glenmore Citizens on Patrol unit and Speed Watch will be run from the Doyle Avenue detachment downtown.
More than 40 Glenmore volunteers will be involved in continuing to provide these safety and crime prevention services.
“We’re very fortunate to have quality volunteers committed to these services in Glenmore – they have a direct impact on keeping Glenmore a relatively low-crime area,” said McKinnon. “We’re asking them to travel a little further to the Doyle office, but we will support them during the transition and ongoing."
He added that if an opportunity arises in the future to re-establish a cost-effective Glenmore Community Police Office, the local detachment will look at it.
In the meantime, regular RCMP patrols and service to Glenmore will remain unchanged, said Const. Kris Clark, media relations officer at the local detachment.
“Glenmore residents will not see any difference if they’re reporting criminal activity or require police attendance,” said Clark