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New Norway House RCMP detachment formally opened with ribbon-cutting ceremony

$18.1 million facility is nearly twice as large as the old one, which was built in 1973.

Norway House’s new RCMP detachment was officially opened at an Aug. 18 ceremony.

Situated in downtown Norway House and built after extensive consultation with Kinosao Sipi Cree Nation and Norway House regarding its location and design elements, the 859-square-metre detachment is nearly double the size of the previous 460-square-metre one, which was built in 1973.

“This project really epitomizes what the RCMP continues to strive for – community engagement and consultation when it comes to our presence in the community,” said Supt. Ryan Mitchell, officer in charge of Manitoba RCMP’s North District. “In the lobby, there are graphics along the walls that depict the seven sacred teachings. These teachings align very closely with the RCMP’s core values, and serves as a reminder to us on a daily basis on how we want to lead and serve our community.”

Among the improved features of the new detachment are a larger exhibit room, a secure bay, a garage bay, file storage, a police equipment room and a backup generator to ensure uninterrupted power.

“Ultimately, a detachment truly belongs to the communities it serves,” said Asst. Commissioner Rob Hill, commanding officer of the Manitoba RCMP. “To the residents of Norway House and Kinosao Sipi Cree Nation, thank you for sharing your thoughts as local experts of this area. We will continue to be there for you when you need us the most.”

The $18.1 million project, which was completed in early May of this year, took just under two years to finish. It is a modular construction consisting of 16 units that was built in Saskatchewan before being transported to Norway House.

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