Police, municipal leaders and community partners gathered May 7 for the opening of the RCMP’s new community policing office in Berwick. From left are Peter Kerr, Michelle Parker and Daisy Dwyer, representing the Kings Seniors Safety Society; Berwick Mayor Don Clarke, Inspector Chris MacNaughton, Kings County Warden Diana Brothers, Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise, Southwest Nova District Policing Officer and Kings RCMP Community Policing Officer Blair MacMurtery.
Police, municipal leaders and community partners gathered May 7 for the opening of the RCMP’s new community policing office in Berwick.
The new office, located in the Copperstone building on Commercial Street, will replace the Kings District RCMP’s former community policing office in Wolfville.
The office was created in partnership with the Town of Berwick to provide a welcoming space for Kings County residents to access the services of the RCMP’s community policing officer and the Kings County Senior Safety Society co-ordinator, both of whom will share the space.
Kings District RCMP’s commanding officer Insp. Chris MacNaughton officially opened the office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“The community policing office is a critical link (in the RCMP’s service to public),” McNaughton said.
“This new office is part of the geographical restructuring effort that has been in the works for the past two years,” she added, adding that the Berwick office will not serve as “a satellite detachment providing front line policing services.”
All regular police services for the Berwick area continue to be provided by RCMP members working out the Kingston detachment. A direct line to the Kingston office is located outside the Berwick town hall entrance.
Berwick Mayor Don Clarke called the new office “a great addition” to the downtown area, which boasts few commercial or office space vacancies.
“It is an accessible space that also supports our town’s RCMP service.”
Members of the public are invited to drop into the new office May 16 from 1-6 p.m. for an open house. The event, which coincides with National Police Week, will feature exhibits and a barbecue.