By this time next month, the Lloydminster RCMP will be fully moved into its new facility located on Highway 16.
The new facility will be almost five times larger than the current building on 47 Avenue.
Earlier this week, the RCMP opened up its doors for a first-hand look at the old faculty, which Staff Sgt. Suki Manji said was outdated and in much need for improvement.
“I think that it’s very important for the employees of the Lloydminster RCMP to feel comfortable, and enjoy coming to work,” said Manji. “The environment makes a big improvement on the job. I’m a firm believer of that and think all studies in the world have shown that.”
Manji said that just having a new place is welcoming and will make a difference for the people of the RCMP.
“Everyone has a vision of expanding and I think that the city has a vision as well,” he said. “And if it’s happening or not, the RCMP have to be ready for it.”
Moving from one building to another will take time and will be split into three days.
Non-essentials will be moving on one day, following by the operations side moving over a two-day period.
With a move, and the records that the police currently hold, Manji said that the public has no need to worry about any breach of privacy.
“We have a strict guideline and policy in place, and we have an accredited mover that we have hired,” said Manji.
“Every move that is being done to the new building will be with an officer accompany it.
“We will be overseeing the move, and we will be making sure that the boxes are packed and labelled by a certified person.”
With the RCMP still using paper records, Manji said that the RCMP has to stay current with its command and moving to a electronic system for record keeping is in it’s future. Just not today.
“(We have been looking) since around 2006, and currently we use PROS, and it’s a national program, and it’s a developing process, and most things are going paperless, but until the whole environment that we work in, (that means) the entire justice system goes that way, we can’t do it ourselves.”
Manji said that the provincial government and the justice system need to act on the issue first before the detachment can move forward on it.
“It is happening though,” Manji said. “There are a lot more things that we do not have to keep.”
The biggest obstacle for the detachment, according to Manji, is having a seamless transition between the two buildings.
“The police work doesn’t change if we move or not,” he added. “We will keep the public safe. It’s a matter of accounting for that transition period.”
Manji admitted that it might take a couple of weeks to get back into the administrative situation that they are currently in.
Along with the new building, the RCMP have been budgeted to hire two new officers, which will bring the RCMP to 45 officers. Manji said that he has made a commitment to find efficiencies in the Lloydminster detachment.
“I’m not convinced that I’m at the point where I can go to anyone and say that we need more (staff members),” he said, adding that the detachment is busy.
“Something that is different about Lloydminster is the typical cases that we handle in the detachment are not the type where you can conclude within the first few minutes.
“The officers carry a higher load level and they may not have the highest call level for a community the size of Lloydminster. But the files that the detachment does attend takes some time.”
Manji said that the detachment is currently looking for new ways of doing business.
The new building came with a price tag of $17.1 million, and it began construction in 2011.
The new building will host specialized areas for forensic identification, general investigation, victim services, dog services and a larger 9-1-1 call centre.
The City of Lloydminster will also have offices in the new building including bylaw officers, emergency management and Lloydminster Fire.
In total, 63 people will be working in the new facility.