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