Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

August 09, 2007 15:35 ET

Governments of Canada and Alberta Announce Construction of New RCMP Detachment Near Hobbema, Alberta

HOBBEMA, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2007) - Today, Ken Epp, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Sherwood Park, on behalf of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, joined Richard Marz, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills, on behalf of the Honourable Fred Lindsay, Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security of the Government of Alberta, to break ground on a new detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) near Hobbema, Alberta.

"The construction of this new RCMP detachment is yet another example of Canada's New Government's ongoing commitment to ensure that law enforcement agencies have the tools and resources needed to keep our Aboriginal communities safe," said Mr. Epp. "This investment will provide the residents of Montana, Ermineskin and Samson First Nation communities with enhanced policing services."

"Every Albertan deserves safe and secure communities in which to live, work, and raise a family," said Fred Lindsay, Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security. "The officers and the people in this community will work together to build a better future that will make a real difference."

Located on the Samson Cree Nation reserve, the new state-of-the-art facility will accommodate up to 50 RCMP personnel.

Construction of the detachment will begin at the end of this month and will cost approximately $10 million.

Financing was arranged by the Samson Cree Nation, which will recover 70 percent of the cost from the Government of Alberta and 30 percent from the Government of Canada.

The RCMP will enter into a 20-year lease for the new detachment, with the Samson Cree Nation, beginning June 1, 2008.

For more information, please visit the website www.PublicSafety.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Government of Alberta
    Christine Wronko
    Solicitor General and Public Security
    780-427-6171
    or
    Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    or
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863