After three years of extensive review, research and consultation, the City has received approval from the Province and is transitioning towards an autonomous RCMP Detachment in order to provide enhanced police visibility, public safety, service levels and responsiveness in Pitt Meadows.
Enhancing Public Safety and Service for Pitt Meadows
By creating an autonomous RCMP Detachment in Pitt Meadows, the City is confident that police services will better meet the specific safety needs and concerns of our community. The community engagement conducted and feedback that the City has received to date demonstrates that the majority of our residents support this decision, as well as Katzie First Nation, the Ridge Meadows RCMP, City of Maple Ridge and the National Police Federation.
Construction Will Soon Begin on New RCMP Building and Harris Road Park Washroom
In the fall of 2023, the City of Pitt Meadows expects to break ground on the new autonomous RCMP detachment and Harris Road Park washroom building after the construction contract for both projects was awarded to Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. following a competitive procurement process. Read the full media release here.
City Moves Forward with Transition to Autonomous RCMP Detachment
The transition to an autonomous RCMP Detachment for Pitt Meadows continues to advance with significant progress made on the detailed design of the building, as well as the return of Staff Sergeant (S/Sgt.) Michelle Luca to the Community Policing Office (CPO). Read the full media release here.
Autonomous RCMP Detachment Conceptual Design Approved
Council approved Option 4 as the preferred conceptual design for the new Autonomous RCMP Detachment building that was presented at the Council Meeting on June 7, 2022. The preferred conceptual design was informed by feedback received in 2021 as well as from Council and other stakeholders at the May 3, 2022 Council Meeting. In addition, Council approved a project cost of $21,733,000, with $1,733,000 funded from the Major Buildings Reserve. The project will now proceed to the detailed design phase.
Art Gallery Relocation and Harris Park Washroom
In March 2021, the Art Gallery/Athletic Building site was selected as the preferred site for the City's new autonomous RCMP detachment. As a result, the Pitt Meadows Art Gallery (PMAG) is being relocated to a temporary location while a permanent home is determined.
City staff are developing a transition plan that will span several years. Updates and information will be shared as it becomes available.
In June 2019, the City of Pitt Meadows embarked on a review of the integrated Ridge Meadows RCMP Detachment. The review included reports from a variety of independent consultants that explored the existing RCMP structure and operations with the goal of enhancing: service levels, police response times, return on investment, the focus on local priorities and to bolster our community confidence regarding public safety.
The City has engaged in discussions with all rights holders and stakeholders including the Katzie First Nation, MP Marc Dalton, MLA Lisa Beare and the Province of BC, the RCMP and the National Police Federation (union). Discussions have been collegial and supportive—with all sharing the common goal of enhancing public safety. The City has undertaken extensive community consultation that included an online survey, Engagement and Priority Committee meetings and special Council meetings. In addition, the City conducted an alternative approval process that resulted in only 1.4 percent of community opposed to the removal of a 10-metre parcel of parkland, allowing the new detachment in this location.
This de-integration is the first of its kind in British Columbia. It reflects the responsiveness of the RCMP and the Province of BC and demonstrates an appreciation for local government priorities related to public safety.
Timeline and Major Milestones
- June 2019 – Police Services review launched
- February 2020 – Public invited to Engagement and Priorities Committee meeting at the Heritage Hall
- March 2020 – Online feedback collected
- February 2021 – Pitt Meadows RCMP Feasibility Study and site selection recommendation provided
- March 2021 - Preferred site for future RCMP detachment selected
- June 2021 – Approval of Electors by AAP process
- July 2021 - Council adopts Park Designation Amendment Bylaw
- July 2021 – RFP issued for design of new detachment
- November 2021 - Autonomous RCMP detachment in Pitt Meadows approved by province
- November 2021 - Council approved the recommendation to award to KMBR Architects Planners Inc for the design, tender, contract administration, and close-out for the new RCMP detachment and related projects
- Policing Services comprise of 22.7 percent or $5.58 million of the City’s operational budget.
- The autonomous RCMP detachment would operate within this existing budget and provide much better service to our unique community and better return on our investment.
- The police services building would be funded without a property tax increase and by potential grant money.
- With our own detachment, Pitt Meadows will see five dedicated members per shift (currently two) and its own dedicated Officer in Charge.
- We will still have access to the RCMP’s integrated units such as homicide, major crime, gangs, forensics, and fatal vehicle accident
Updates and Reports
- Council Meeting: Municipal Security Issuing Resolution – Police Building Loan - May 10, 2022
- Council Meeting: Autonomous RCMP Detachment Conceptual Design Options - May 3, 2022
- Council Meeting: Recommendation to Award Consulting Services - November 30, 2021
- Media Release: Province Grants Approval for an Autonomous RCMP Detachment in Pitt Meadows – November 26, 2021
- Council Meeting: Results of the Alternative Approval Process for Park Designation Amendment Bylaw No. 2892, 2021 - July 6, 2021
- For the Record: Parks Bylaw Amendment for Police Building will Enhance Services - June 10, 2021
- Council Meeting: Alternative Approval Process, Parks Designation Amendment Bylaw No. 2892 - May 11, 2021
- Media Release: Pitt Meadows Council Selects Preferred Site for Future RCMP Detachment - March 12, 2021
- Engagement & Priorities Committee Meeting: Summary of recommendations from report "Pitt Meadows RCMP Feasibility Study" - February 9, 2021
- Special Public Meeting of Council: Update on Independent RCMP Detachment Approval Process - September 22, 2020
- Media Release: Pitt Meadows Takes the Next Step Forward to an Independent RCMP Detachment - March 11, 2020
- Special Public Meeting of Council: Police Services Review Engagement Summary - March 10, 2020
- Media Release: Katzie First Nation and the City of Maple Ridge Support the City of Pitt Meadows Aspirations to Create an Independent RCMP Detachment - February 18, 2020
- Engagement & Priorities Committee Meeting: Summary of recommendations from report "Review of Policing Service Delivery" - February 18, 2020
- Media Release: Public Invited to Hear Recommendations of Police Services Review - February 10, 2020
- Media Release: City of Pitt Meadows and City of Maple Ridge Working with Ridge Meadows RCMP Detachment to Launch Policing Service Review - June 27, 2019