North Cowichan Moves Forward with Alternative Approval Process for New RCMP Detachment

(North Cowichan, BC) – On April 15, Council directed staff to move forward with an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) to secure the necessary funds required to construct a new RCMP Detachment, and approved a revised communications plan that focuses on increased digital communication. The current North Cowichan-Duncan RCMP Detachment is in poor, deteriorating condition and the number of staff occupying the building has far outgrown the physical space available. Providing a suitable building is a requirement of North Cowichan’s contract with the RCMP.

The new detachment will be built on land North Cowichan purchased in 2014 specifically for a new detachment. The land is located on the corner of Drinkwater and Ford Road, across from the Cowichan Commons Commercial Centre. The new detachment will bring together the North Cowichan/Duncan Detachment, Forensic Identification Services, South Island Traffic Services, and Indigenous Policing. This integrated detachment will be more efficient than the current model, where these teams are located in different buildings. This model also facilitates better coordination of police services, 24/7 coverage, and better information sharing about crime trends. The new building is expected to serve our community’s needs for 50 years.

 “We have looked at all the options,” says Mayor Al Siebring, “and the most cost-effective choice is to build a new detachment on the site we already own at Drinkwater and Ford Road. Renovating the current site is not practical given the condition of the building, and the fact that the property suffers significant flooding each year because it is located within a known floodplain. The current building is far beyond its lifespan,” Mayor Siebring adds, “delaying this project for another year would be a detriment to the staff and officers in that building.”

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Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan
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