Staff/Sgt. Greg Hicks of the RCMP detachment in Clarenville says the aim of the 24/7 pilot project is to have more police presence in the region.
RCMP in Clarenville and Grand Falls-Windsor are piloting a new system, starting this month.
You may soon start noticing more police cars on your daily travels in this region.
Beginning Feb. 28, the Clarenville detachment of the RCMP will be operating on a 24/7 schedule — meaning officers will be in uniform and on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week — and scheduled for 11-12 hour shifts within that system.
“Our aim is to have police vehicles on the road 24 hours a day,” said Staff Sgt. Greg Hicks.
Currently, the detachment has officers on duty 18-20 hours a day with officers on call for the other four to six hours.
The new 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week system is part of a pilot project, being tested at the detachments in Clarenville and Grand Falls-Windsor, said Staff/Sgt. Greg Hicks.
In an interview with The Packet on Monday, Staff/Sgt. Hicks says it’s something police managers have been working on since last fall, aiming to “enhance service delivery.”
He says Clarenville and Grand Falls-Windsor were chosen to test the program because both are medium to large-sized detachments.
The Clarenville detachment covers the region from Little Harbour East to the Eastern boundary of Terra Nova National Park; from Clarenville to Lethbridge on the Bonavista Peninsula and to Swift Current on the Burin Peninsula.
“We will monitor the impacts of the 24/7 schedule throughout the project to identify best practices and continue striving to deliver the best service we can to our communities,” said Hicks.
Currently, RCMP detachments in Newfoundland and Labrador use a schedule that includes two regular shifts and an on call shift each day. The additional third shift, as part of the 24/7 project, will replace the existing on-call shift at the Clarenville and Grand Falls-Windsor Detachments during the project.
“The 24/7 pilot project will be implemented by the Grand Falls-Windsor Detachment on Feb. 23 and the Clarenville Detachment on Feb. 28.
No additional resources or funds will be required to run the project and there will be no changes in the detachments’ office hours as a result of the project.