The RCMP's Richmond County District is situated in southern Cape Breton Island and is comprised of RCMP offices in St. Peter's, Arichat and Chapel Island.
St. Peter’s Office
Chapel Island Office (Potlotek)
Richmond County, Cape Breton has a long and colourful history. Home to Chapel Island, one of the province's oldest Mi'kmaq communities, European settlement of the region can be traced back to the 1713 establishment of the French community of Arichat. Today Richmond County encompasses some of the most beautiful scenery, beaches and hiking trails in Cape Breton. Canoeing, kayaking and sailing remain popular activities with both residents and tourists alike.
The RCMP's Richmond County District was formed in June, 2002 with the merging of the Arichat Detachment, St. Peter’s Detachment and Chapel Island Office. The district encompasses a diverse population, including Arichat's French Canadian community and Chapel Island's Potlotek First Nations.
The members of Richmond County District serve approximately 10,500 residents throughout the Municipality of Richmond. The detachment patrol areas extend from the Municipality, including Chapel Island, River Bourgeois, Evanston/Lower River/Cleveland areas, Louisdale and Isle Madame, through to the Richmond County Line at Irish Vale.
Each detachment remains committed to the RCMP's national strategic goal of "Safe Homes and Safe Communities" for those we serve. As the Municipal, Provincial and Federal police agency for Richmond, the majority of our policing issues centre on enforcement of the Criminal Code and Provincial Statutes (including the Motor Vehicle Act and Liquor Control Act) as well as any Federal Act of Parliament.
The Detachment has several All Terrain Vehicles and patrol bicycles strategically located throughout the area. Additional resources include access to a coastal patrol boat in Halifax and two Rigid Inflatable Bottom (RIB) vessels located in neighbouring Baddeck and Canso detachments.
The Richmond County District, under the direction of the County District Commander, is pleased to offer programs tailored to the needs of its communities. Services are offered in English and French at the St. Peter's and Arichat offices while the Chapel Island Office is happy to serve its community members in Mi'kmaq and English.
Anti-Bullying - This Community Policing initative uses a combination of presentations and videos at area schools to discuss bullying, its effects and ways to prevent it. The program aims to educate and provide help for both victims and bullies alike. Bullying Committees have been established in three of the Municipality's schools.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) - This seventeen-week program teaches grade five students drug abuse and resistance strategies which emphasize awareness of peer pressure, avoiding violence and self-esteem issues.
Seniors Advisory Board - A Richmond County Police Advisory Board has been established to enhance our communication and visibility with seniors.
Youth Advisory Groups - A group of young people who meet several times a year to discuss concerns or policing issues from their viewpoint. This program fosters a positive relationship between the youth and police.
School Offices are located in École Beauport and Richmond Academy.