Four of the seven holding cells at the Codiac Regional RCMP in Moncton cannot be used after a September examination revealed “serious breaches of security,” according to a recently published letter.
No information on the nature of the security breach was released, but it resulted in rapid changes in the Codiac RCMP’s ability to detain people in its Main Street building.
The letter was part of an exchange of correspondence last month between the RCMP and the Codiac Regional Policing Authority, the civilian council overseeing the Mounted Police that police in Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview.
“The security concerns highlighted in the attached cell review report led to the immediate closure of 4 cells as well as additional security measures and mitigation of liability for the 3 cells of remaining prison, “wrote Charles LÃ©ger, chairman of the board of directors of the police authority, in a statement. 15 letter to the then commander of the New Brunswick RCMP.
Copies of letters between the RCMP and the chairman of the board were given to councilors in Moncton shortly before the vote on whether to move forward with plans for a new 57.2 police station. millions of dollars. These letters helped to better understand what the advisers knew about the condition of the building.
Leger’s letter went on to say that an exhibit storage area did not meet RCMP security standards, “or human rights requirements” and needed immediate correction. It was not clear what the human rights issue was with the exhibit area.
Leger provided copies of the letters to CBC. The cell review report has not been released.
Cpl. Hans Ouellette, a spokesperson for the RCMP in New Brunswick, was unable to provide details of the breach in cell security.
Ouellette said in an interview that the four cells will remain closed, although renovations may allow them to reopen in the future.
The police authority’s 2022 budget includes additional spending of $ 1.5 million for “cell mitigation” described as additional security and janitorial services for cell zones due to the review.
Ouellette said the closure is not expected to affect the ability to detain people, as there are other RCMP stations nearby, such as the Caledonia Area Detachment in Riverview.
LÃ©ger’s letter followed an October 6 letter from Assistant Commissioner Larry Tremblay regarding the cell review report and demanding that the existing building be upgraded if a new facility is not approved.
“If a new building is not constructed, a building condition assessment will be carried out and any outstanding deficiencies identified from the MHPM study and any additional deficiencies noted will also need to be corrected within two years. evaluation, âreads Tremblay’s letter, referring to a 2014 report from MHPM Project Managers Inc.
Under a contract between the police authority and the RCMP, the authority is responsible for providing a suitable building at no cost to the RCMP under section 12. This includes the cost of maintenance.
Tremblay’s letter notes that problems with the Main Street building constructed in the 1970s were identified with the police authority and Moncton, which owns the building, in 2007 and 2010.
âThe deficiencies have not been corrected and the building still does not comply with paragraph 12.2 of the Codiac Regional Police Service Agreement, and therefore a second notice is now provided. “
The letter states that the previously identified issues, which the letter does not explicitly describe, must be resolved within two years.
During Moncton Council’s discussion on whether to go ahead with a new building, city staff reported that the municipality had avoided significant expenses for the old building while anticipating a new installation.
“We were only doing the repairs that were requested,” said Sherry Trenholm, the city’s municipal facilities manager, that night. “Usually it’s a failure that happens [that leads to] make a repair. We have not had a preventive maintenance program in this building, the end result of which you can see. “
Trenholm said repairs estimated at $ 4.6 million may be needed over the next four years, including repairs to the exterior of the building and the replacement of an underground oil tank, its boilers, its back-up generator, fire protection, electrical systems and roof.
Councilors that night called the condition of the existing building unacceptable and said a new building was needed.
Council voted 7-4 that night to go ahead with the issuance of a construction tender, the signing of a 30-year lease for the building and the application for authorization to ” borrow more money for the project.
A separate motion presented that evening by Council. Daniel Bourgeois is calling for a halt to work on the new building pending a review of whether the city will retain the RCMP as a local police force. This motion is expected to be debated Monday evening.