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Provincial government expanding jurisdiction of Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in Western Newfoundland

August 10, 2023  By Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Aug. 10, 2023, Newfoundland – The Honourable John Hogan, KC, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General, has announced that the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is expanding its jurisdiction in western Newfoundland. The expanded jurisdiction will include the communities in the Bay of Islands, the Town of Massey Drive, and communities in the Humber Valley as far east as Pasadena. In total, nearly 33,000 residents in the region will be served by the RNC’s 24-hour policing model.

The transition will occur over the next year, with an effective date to be finalized in the coming months. The provincial government is working with the RNC, RCMP and communities to ensure policing is working in the most effective and efficient way possible to ensure all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians feel safe and secure.

“Our two policing agencies, the RCMP and the RNC, play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and security of residents throughout our province. I have no doubt that RNC will rise to the occasion, to continue to build safe and healthy communities. I am also grateful for the continued contribution of the RCMP to public safety in our province and in our west coast region where specialized services will continue to be provided from the RCMP’s Corner Brook detachment. Public trust and community co-operation are crucial in effective law enforcement and I am pleased we are able to move forward with this transition,” said Hogan.

“This is an exciting time for the RNC and communities in the Bay of Islands, the Town of Massey Drive, and the Humber Valley including Pasadena. We have worked hard to build relationships and develop a policing standard in this region that the community can rely on. The RNC is eager to commence the transition and looks very much forward to enhancing policing services to all our residents,” said Chief Patrick R. Roche, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.


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