The RCMP have begun full operations at the new Kelowna RCMP Detachment, City of Kelowna Police Services Building at 1190 Richter St.
The $48-million project includes upgraded underground infrastructure, along with road and intersection upgrades on Clement Avenue.
“There is still some minor interior finishing work to be completed, but the 380 members and support staff from all three facilities across the City are fully moved in,” said Andrew Gibbs, project manager, in a press release.
The City of Kelowna and the Kelowna RCMP will be joined by special guests and dignitaries to officially open the new Kelowna RCMP Detachment on Tuesday, June 27.
Residents are invited to attend the grand opening ceremony which will begin at 11 a.m. at the new RCMP detachment on Richter Street.
The event will feature a ceremonial Red Serge march starting at the old detachment on Doyle Avenue beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m.. The troop of Mounties in Red Serge will be joined by a parade of Auxiliary Constables, RCMP volunteers and civilian staff employees from throughout the Regional Detachment area.
“The new facility is of a significant benefit to the operational effectiveness of the detachment,” said Superintendent Brent Mundle. “We look forward to continue serving the community from one central location.”
The facility features modern standards for functions such as Evidence, Identification, Forensics, Records, Laboratory, and Cell Block; standards that were not met in 1960s-era facility on Doyle Avenue.
For more information about Kelowna’s police services, visit kelowna.ca/police.