New police facility modernizes policing in Lacombe
(L-R) LPS Cst. Michelle Wilzer, Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law, City of Lacombe Art Collection Committee representative Brent Bouwsema, LPS Acting Police Chief Lorne Blumhagen, Mayor Steve Christie, Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley, and Lacombe Police Commission Chair Jonathan Jacobson at the cake-cutting ceremony for the new Lacombe Police Station.
Lacombe, Alberta (December 8, 2016) – The Hon. Kathleen Ganley, Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General today joined Mayor Steve Christie, Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law, Lacombe Police Commission Chair Jonathan Jacobson, Lacombe Police Service (LPS) Acting Chief of Police Lorne Blumhagen, artist Nathan Scott and special guests at a ribbon-cutting and public art unveiling ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the new Lacombe Police Station.
“The Lacombe Police Service’s new headquarters will allow it to continue a long tradition of community policing, along with the vital work of protecting the people of Lacombe,” said Kathleen Ganley, Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. “Our government is proud to support the Lacombe Police Service in building safer, more resilient communities with ongoing funding for local policing.”
“Our government is committed to ensuring municipalities have the resources they need to create strong, safe communities for Alberta families,” said Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “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.”
The total cost for the new facility is $8,707,300 with the bulk of the project being funded through $5,583,670 in Provincial grants and $407,930 in transfers from the City's Capital Reserves and Surplus. The balance was funded through $2,715,700 in debenture borrowing.
“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,” said Mayor Steve Christie. “On behalf of Council, I am very pleased to help inaugurate this beautiful, modern facility and to welcome LPS to their new home.”
“The City of Lacombe is extremely pleased to see this project come to a successful conclusion,” said Chief Administrative Officer Norma MacQuarrie. “This modernization of LPS will allow us to focus efforts on keeping our community safe now and well into the future.”
“The Lacombe Police Commission, the civilian oversight body for our municipal police service, is both proud and excited to see this project come to fruition,” said Lacombe Police Commission Chair Jonathan Jacobson. “This facility significantly enhances the partnership between the community and its police service, making Lacombe a safer and more attractive place for years to come.”
“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,” said Acting Chief of Police Lorne Blumhagen. “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.”
Effective November 15, 2016, all emergency calls for service have been transferred back to the new Dispatch Centre within the facility. All 9-1-1 calls will be transferred directly to LPS and members will then be dispatched locally, resulting in quicker response times.
LPS has also moved over to a new radio system, making it the first municipal police service in Alberta to be working off the Alberta First Responders Radio System (AFRRCS). The new radio 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.
The new police station also features a cast bronze sculpture of a police officer at the main entrance, which helps create a warm and inviting environment for the public. The sculpture, created by renowned Canadian artist Nathan Scott, is the newest addition to the City’s public art collection, and was commissioned through the City’s Percent for Art policy, where one percent of qualifying municipal construction budgets is set aside to cover the costs of implementing and developing the public art collection.
“It was a real pleasure creating this sculpture, and I hope that the people of Lacombe will enjoy it for generations to come,” said artist Nathan Scott.
LPS is dedicated to providing the highest quality of police service to the residents of Lacombe. In partnership with community stakeholders and partner agencies, LPS is committed to ensuring safety and security by preventing crime, enforcing the law, and being responsive to community needs.
Thew new Lacombe Police Station is located at 5301 Wolf Creek Drive. FOr more information, please visit the Lacombe Police Service homepage.