The new Gimli RCMP Detachment has officially opened its doors. The ribbon was cut and the public was given a tour of the new facility on June 15, 2023, during a ceremony in front of the detachment. The facility will serve Gimli, Arborg, and the surrounding communities.
The Commanding Officer of the Manitoba RCMP, Assistant Commissioner Rob Hill, stated, “Our officers have been providing essential policing services to ensure that communities across this area could continue to grow and prosper.” The RCMP’s long-standing partnership with the communities we patrol is represented by this new detachment.”
The Gimli and Arborg RCMP Detachments, established in 1962 and 1966, were becoming increasingly apparent to be unable to keep up with the demands of modern policing. Gimli has a summer population of close to 20,000, and Arborg has about 1200 people and serves as a hub for the local farming communities. A new detachment was required for these communities.
The 750 square meters of construction were funded by the provincial and federal governments at a cost of $7.9 million. The building’s exterior was finished in local Tyndall stone and was modeled after an Icelandic longhouse. Local area center gatherings were held with elderly folks from the Principal Country, Metis, and Icelandic people group.
The Gimli Detachment adheres to eco-friendly practices. It is ready for an electric vehicle and has in-ground geothermal heating and cooling.
Staff Sergeant Rob Gray, the Gimli RCMP Detachment Commander, stated, “This building was constructed specifically to our needs in this area.” For instance, the garage was designed to be large enough to accommodate the maintenance of our enormous Lake Winnipeg patrol boats. This building is intended to best serve the networks we police.”
“Our administration and Manitobans are thankful for the die hard faithfulness the people of the RCMP give to Manitobans,” said Equity Priest Kelvin Goertzen. ” The new Gimli detachment gives the RCMP officers who work every day to keep our communities safe modern facilities and support.”
The Gimli Detachment of the Manitoba RCMP covers an area of approximately 8000 square kilometers and is a part of the East District.