New Kelowna police building gets a name

With the RCMP's future in mind, a new name for the local police building has been chosen.

With the RCMP’s future in mind, a new name for the local police building has been chosen.

Kelowna city council decided Monday that “City of Kelowna Police Services” will be the name  affixed to the  new detachment on Clement Avenue.

“The new building is being constructed with municipal funding and will be owned and operated by the City of Kelowna,” said senior project manager Andrew Gibbs.

“Naming and signing the building as City of Kelowna Police Services, as recommended, acknowledges the civic role that this important building plays in the community.”

Coun. Ryan Donn asked whether or not city staff considered naming the building after a police officer who had served in Kelowna in years past. as has been the case with many other municipal buildings around the valley.

Gibbs said they considered that option, but given the possibility that a municipal police force may eventually arise, they considered it best to choose something more neutral.

The $48-million detachment will be built and designed by Bird Design-Build Construction Inc.

Construction is expected to begin later this year with a completion date of spring 2017.