RCMP Pacific Regional Training Centre has a 25-year plan for its properties at the Chilliwack Education Park.
Part of it includes the acquisition of 2.2 acres at the corner of Calais Crescent and Dieppe Street, that will eventually be used for academic and administrative office purposes.
Right now it’s a triangular shaped vacant lot owned by trustee City of Chilliwack, with Chilliwack Economic Partners Corp. listed as “beneficial owner,” according to disposition documents, meaning it stands to receive all proceeds from the sale of the property.
“We’re positioning ourselves for future growth,” said Ken Burton, officer in charge of support services for the PRTC, in an interview with the Progress.
“We’re here for the long term.”
That piece of property will be added to the number of spaces and properties from which the PRTC conducts training and upgrading for thousands of RCMP officers every year, and other policing agencies from across Canada. The assets include everything from a firearms range, conference facilities, to a driving track, as well as a offices and classrooms.
“We are quite spread out,” said Burton. “The acquisition is part of a 25-year plan at the PRTC to as opportunities arise, to consolidate our property holdings.”
The idea is to gradually reduce their rental spaces with acquisitions.
The synergy between partners at the education park to date has been “exceptional,” he added.
Some of the training centre’s buildings are on the UFV side of the Canada Education Park, while others are closer to Peach Road, but all are generally within the confines of the education park.
“It’s an investment in the community,” said Burton.