Police asking for a new space in Middleton

Heather Killen
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Middleton are hoping to move out of the basement of town hall.

By Heather Killen

The Spectator



RCMP and Middleton town council are asking the province for funding towards a new detachment.

During its regular meeting last month, Middleton town council accepted a recommendation from its police advisory committee to write a letter of support for a new community police office in Middleton.

Staff Sgt. John DeWinter is asking the Department of Justice to provide financial support as the current office space in the basement of town hall is cramped, and not up to current standards.

Modern police stations include enclosed bays for safe transport of people in custody. The space at town hall offers inadequate space for storage, and cramped quarters for officers to conduct interviews, or prepare reports and other administrative work.

Staff Sgt. DeWinter said, in a later interview, that various locations are being discussed. He said he isn’t certain whether a new facility will be built, or if an existing building will be renovated.

It’s possible that a separate police building could be added to the site of the future fire hall and community centre. Alternatively, after the Middleton fire department moves into its new hall, it’s possible the current fire hall could be revamped for police.

The Bridgetown RCMP office has been recently renovated and its cell space has been modernized. For the past several years, police have been forced to transport prisoners to holding cells in Kingston or Digby.

Organizations: Middleton town council, RCMP, Department of Justice

Geographic location: Middleton, Kingston

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  • kenneth robar
    May 05, 2014 - 00:05

    for me it is trying to understand why they need more room before they want more men and most of the time they are not in the office i feel alot more need to be done in the town like the roads that has holes in them and the river i sent a letter to annapolis couty asking them to stop this if they was there all the time then yes but they are not and i have seen people wait for them and no one was in the office so why now that they need this room also i sent letter to all at town hall and steven on this we have a river that needs to be clean up and roads that are bad and need to be fix bad