New North Shore Community Policing Office opens to the public

By James Peters / Chad Harris
May 16, 2016 - 12:01pm Updated: May 16, 2016 - 5:45pm

KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops RCMP detachment has a lot more space to work with today, thanks to the opening of its new North Shore Community Policing Office.

The Mounties have taken over the former Kia dealership on 7th Street, behind the Safeway store.

"We have a lot of services being offered out of the detachment over there, including the Auxiliary Constable program, and the Crime Prevention section, and a lot of things that will service the community better," Corporal Jodi Shelkie told CFJC Today. 

"It's just kind of a hub for the North Shore people to go to if they need any policing services," said Shelkie, adding "they don't need to come over to Battle Street anymore, they have people right there in the community ready to help them."

Shelkie adds not only will North Shore members be based at the office, it will also serve as a headquarters for the detachment's volunteers.

"We have up to 70 volunteers that volunteer for the Kamloops RCMP, and so we have a staging point for them now. It is one main area that is specifically built with our volunteers in mind. They have an office there, and their supervisor will be there," said Shelkie. 

The former North Shore Community Policing Office was located near the corner of 8th Street and Fortune Drive.

The new office will be open from 8 am to 4 pm weekdays.

"It offers a lot, in that just the extra room, so we can fit in all the police officers that we need to fit in there. We can offer more services over there now, so before we could just basically have the members that were on duty over there, but now we can offer more sections over there, they have their own office." 

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