The RCMP – the federal police agency responsible for things such as organized crime and human trafficking – is moving out of Sarnia.
The move, uncovered by The Independent, has caught local officials by surprise.
Sarnia has been home to the RCMP since 1920. It was one of six “strategic” original detachments in the Ontario division. Now the southwest division has offices in Hamilton-Niagara, Kitchener, London, Windsor and, for the time being, Sarnia.
Sgt. Penny Herman is the Media Relations Officer NCO. She confirmed for the last month, senior staff has been working with officers stationed in Sarnia to find new workplaces for them.
One source tells The Independent some officers are being asked to move to Toronto.
Local politicians, including Lambton County Warden Bill Weber and Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu, weren’t told the RCMP is pulling out.
When the Sarnia detachment closes, the nearest detachments will be in London and Windsor.
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