Mounties move into new home

KITCHENER (Dec 14, 2005)

Starting today, the Kitchener detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has a new home.

It's a newly constructed, two-storey, brown brick building at 17 Executive Place, near Homer Watson Boulevard and Highway 401.

Since 1996, the RCMP detachment has been on the eighth floor of the regional government building on Frederick Street.

In 2003, the regional government needed the space so didn't renew the lease with the RCMP. The RCMP had to find new digs.

"We have our own building now," said Sgt. Cam Croal.

Besides sporting 30 per cent more space, the detachment now has its own cellblock, as well as secure garage bays and a more secure room for interviewing people in custody, Croal said.

In 1954, the RCMP first opened a detachment in Kitchener with three members.

Today it has 30 members and covers an area from south Cambridge to Tobermory and from Grand Bend to the edge of Wellington County, with a population of nearly one million people.

Croal said the local detachment focuses more on long-term projects, such as major drug busts, rather than giving tickets to speeders or patrolling downtowns, which is the responsibility of the regional police.

The RCMP also focus on organized crime, terrorism, smuggling and white-collar crime such as large-scale fraud, Internet crime and production of counterfeit money.

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