The Town of Coaldale is giving its residents an opportunity to learn more about the services the RCMP policing model will bring to Coaldale starting January 1, 2016.
On Wednesday, Nov. 12 Town Council hosted a Town Hall meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Community Centre, 1217-20th Avenue.
The RCMP presentation during the Town Hall meeting can be viewed HERE.
The Commanding Officer, “K” Division, Marianne Ryan was joined by other senior officers to introduce the RCMP policing model to the community.
The Town will remain under a contract with the City of Lethbridge for the services provided by the LRPS until the end of 2015. Under the new agreement with the RCMP the
Town will contract seven RCMP officers with two additional support personnel, provided by the Town.
Representatives of the RCMP highlighted the anticipated service levels for the new Coaldale detachment which will share a building with the rural detachment which will be relocated from Lethbridge to Coaldale. Following the presentation, a question and answer format provided residents with the opportunity to ask questions related to the policing model offered under the RCMP.
The Town received approval from Alberta’s Solicitor General to withdraw from the services of the LRPS in June of this year. At the end of September the Town received a letter from the RCMP’s “K” Division outlining the steps required to transition to a new policing services for the Town and a snapshot of what the new detachment will bring to Coaldale.
The RCMP will take over the policing of Coaldale Jan. 1, 2016. Construction on the new detachment building is expected to begin in 2016 with an opening in 2018.