The Prince Albert Police Service celebrated the official opening of its new downtown location with an event Tuesday, November 19.
Officers and staff marched to the new site from the police station on 15th Street West to mark the occasion, which was attended by retired members of the police service, members of the Prince Albert Board of Police Commissioners and local dignitaries.
The new downtown substation, located at 40-10th St. E., features 15,000 square feet of expanded office and training space for members and staff with the police service, along with an enhanced front office area and meeting room.
The building has been renovated to better accommodate several departments within the police service, including child protection, victim services, community services, traffic, foot patrol and bylaw. The new location includes a new, separate calming and interview space for those who have been affected by crime.
Forty additional parking spaces have been added, along with a classroom area, larger gym, and tactical training area. The new substation is located in downtown Prince Albert and will house approximately 40 staff members within the police service.
“Community policing is an important part of our mandate,” said Prince Albert Police Chief Jonathan Bergen. “This renovated downtown location features a more functional design that will allow our police service to better serve residents of Prince Albert while continuing to build positive partnerships across the entire community.”
The police service purchased the building earlier this year for $340,000. Just over $600,000 was budgeted for renovations at the site.