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New Lacombe Police Station Officially Opens


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By Sheldon Spackman

Dignitaries gathered at the new Police Station in Lacombe on Thursday, December 8th to cut the ribbon at the facility’s official Grand Opening.

The $8.7 million dollar building has actually been taking emergency calls since November 15th, with all 9-1-1 calls being transferred directly to LPS and it’s members who will then be dispatched locally, resulting in quicker response times.

In a release, Kathleen Ganley, Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, says “Our government is proud to support the Lacombe Police Service in building safer, more resilient communities with ongoing funding for local policing.”

Danielle Larivee is Minister of Municipal Affairs and says “We are proud to invest in projects like the new Lacombe Police Station, which will provide critical services to the community and ensure a modern, efficient work space for local police and emergency management officials.”

Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie adds, “Council has wanted to do this important project for some time, but we wanted to do it right so that we could have a facility that meets the needs of our municipal police service now and into the future.”

Officials point out that LPS has also moved over to a new radio system in the new facility, making it the first municipal police service in the province to be working off the Alberta First Responders Radio System (AFRRCS).  It’s said the new system will provide improved communication and coverage for members.  The system will also provide the ability to enhance communications with partner emergency and disaster management agencies throughout the region and province-wide should the need arise.

Acting Chief of Police Lorne Blumhagen says “This new 16,000 square foot facility gives our sworn members and staff the much needed space and modern technology to deliver quality, effective services to residents,” adding, “It has also allowed for the transition of police dispatching back to Lacombe, which means that we can be more responsive. We are very appreciative of this and other advancements to the facility, which will assist us in improving public safety and meeting the diverse needs and expectations of our citizens.”

The new police station also features a cast bronze sculpture of a police officer at the main entrance. The sculpture was created by renowned Canadian artist Nathan Scott and is the newest addition to the City’s public art collection. Scott says “It was a real pleasure creating this sculpture and I hope that the people of Lacombe will enjoy it for generations to come.”

(Photo courtesy of the City of Lacombe)

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