Impressed isn’t the word to describe how Staff Sgt. Suki Manj felt on the new Lloydminster RCMP detachment that opened Wednesday afternoon.
Manj said that the city has done a great job in preparing for growth in the city, and expansion that the RCMP detachment might see in the future.
“I think that the officers who take this job, or any public service job out there, they don’t do it for accolades,” he said.
“Little things like showing them a proper workspace and an area where they can come home to, because really, this new building is home, because we do spend so much time here.
“A shift for general duty members is usually 10 to 12 hours, and that is just what they get paid for. They are usually here two to three extra hours over what they get paid to do here.
“For me, (this building) is a way for the city to show their appreciation for the work the officers do in the city of Lloydminster.”
Manj added that the city has prepared for growth in the new building, with extra growing room for the future.
“We are looking at the big picture and they do see the growth well beyond what most people do,” Manj said, adding that most residents don’t see the bad that goes on in the city. “And thank god that there isn’t that much going on in the city. But there is that element out there, and we have a job to inform the public without scaring them.”
He went on to say that there are a lot of things that the general officers at the Lloydminster RCMP do that the public doesn’t get to see.
“You could throw more money or more bodies at (the issue), but you have to be more efficient at what you do,” he said.
That efficiency will come in the form of a new watch schedule for the staff in the RCMP detach- ment. Manj said that the Lloydminster RCMP will now have four watches, compared to the two used in the old building.
“We went to a four-watch system, which is typical for a detachment this size. Most of the detachments this size are about 20-30 people,” he said.
Manj said that the new detachment comes with the new schedule and will be good for the people working at the new building. “They will be four days on, four days off,” he said.
According to Manj, the city has done an amazing job by increasing the space for the RCMP in the new building.
“In any police organization, whether it’s RCMP or municipal, your backbone is the policing,” he said. The increase of area in the new building, “is the biggest change for the new facility,” Manj added.
Manj said that morale in the detachment has been boosted since taking possession earlier this month.
“Right off the bat, the days moving from the old building, you could see the jump in people’s steps,” Manj said, adding that there were some hiccups moving to the new building, but the staff worked through them and ensured that the work that needed to be done, was completed.
While the RCMP has been operating out of the new facility for some time, Manj said that he expects the building to be fully up and operational with everything moved over from the old facility by Monday, Oct. 27.