SAINT-LÉONARD (GNB) – Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry was among those attending the official opening of the new West District RCMP Saint-Léonard detachment today. The new detachment at 10 Laplante Road will replace three aging facilities in Saint-Léonard, Grand Falls and Rivière-Verte.

“This new detachment is a welcome addition to northwestern New Brunswick,” said Landry. “It will provide an ideal base for the police officers and staff serving more than 16,000 New Brunswickers in this part of our province. I extend my congratulations to the RCMP and thank them for their role in helping to keep New Brunswickers safe.”

“This is an exciting new chapter for the RCMP in New Brunswick,” said Assistant Commissioner Larry Tremblay, New Brunswick RCMP commanding officer. “This new facility gives our members and employees a modern and efficient building we can take pride in as we deliver our policing services to northwestern New Brunswick.”

The detachment will police an area of about 4,000 square kilometres, including the communities of Saint-Léonard and Rivière-Verte. The single-storey building, designed by exp Services in Fredericton, features state-of-the-art energy efficiency as well as policing facilities in line with current RCMP standards. The provincial government invested about $5 million in the facility’s construction.

“The modernization of RCMP facilities in a central location such as Saint-Léonard is great news for the people of northwestern New Brunswick, the local population and our RCMP employees,” said RCMP Deputy Commissioner, Federal Policing Gilles Michaud.  “Enhanced service delivery to all is key for the RCMP.”

The new detachment will house 55 full-time employees, including RCMP officers and support staff. It is the first new RCMP detachment to open in New Brunswick since 2004.