New $48M RCMP detachment opens in North Cowichan

New $48M RCMP detachment opens in North Cowichan
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The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment is pictured on June 14, 2024.

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP unveiled its new $48 million headquarters on Friday afternoon.

The new detachment, located at 6430 Ford Rd., will house regular RCMP members and support staff, as well as a forensic identification unit, South Island traffic services and victim services.

The opening comes four years after the new RCMP detachment was approved by North Cowichan.

In 2020, North Cowichan council greenlit the project after it went through an alternative approval process.

The previous detachment was on its last legs, and was originally slated for replacement in 2012, according to the municipality.

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The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment is pictured on June 14, 2024. (CHEK News)

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The new building is expected to “meet the needs of the community and policing for the next 50 years,” says the municipality.

The initial budget for the building was pegged at $49.03 million, with North Cowichan funding 40 per cent of construction costs, and RCMP providing 60 per cent.

The project completed just under budget, according to North Cowichan Mayor Rob Douglas.

“When we embarked on this project there was concern about the cost, which was kind of beyond what we had seen historically in North Cowichan,” said Douglas on Friday.

“But I am pleased to report that our primary cost estimates for the building are $47.4 million, compared to an initial budget of $49 million,” he said.

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The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment is pictured on June 14, 2024. (CHEK News)

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