Today, the Bay d'Espoir Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was the site of a grand re-opening ceremony. Assistant Commissioner Ches Parsons, Commanding Officer of RCMP NL; Sergeant Major Doug Pack; District Policing Officer, Superintendent David Cook and Detachment Commander Corporal Mike McKee were joined by Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame; Georgina Ball, Mayor of Milltown-Bay d'Espoir; as well as other elected representatives and local residents.
"I am delighted to be here in Bay D'Espoir today with our government and community partners and our employees to celebrate this newly renovated piece of the RCMP infrastructure in this province," said Assistant Commissioner Parsons. "This Detachment represents our commitment to ensure the safety and security of both the residents and communities of the Detachment area, providing a modern space for our operations and police officers."
The newly refurbished Detachment, which serves Milltown-Bay d'Espoir and surrounding communities, features state-of-the-art design compliant with current building codes and RCMP standards. RCMP employees led project management for the refurbishment, with construction by Brook Construction of Corner Brook, NL.
Features of the refurbished 365-square-meter building include state-of-the-art thermal design, automated lighting and plumbing fixtures, and ergonomic workstations for employees. The Detachment also features a fully functional cell pavilion with secure cells, a breath-testing and fingerprinting area, and a secure bay for prisoner transfers. The refurbished Detachment became operational in August 2019. RCMP officers work out of the Detachment seven days a week, and front-counter service is available to the public Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To contact the Bay d'Espoir Detachment, call 709-882-2230.