The Kativik Regional Police Force is pleased to announce the opening of five new police stations in Nunavik. The police station in Kangiqsualujjuaq was formally accepted on March 20, while the new police stations in Umiujaq, Puvirnituq, Akulivik and Quaqtaq were finished and formally accepted earlier in 2003.

These new facilities replace the used trailers that formerly served as KRPF police stations and raise the number of new police stations in Nunavik to six.

“The new police stations are a big improvement. These stations will create a better environment for everyone,” said Brian Jones, the KRPF’s chief of police.

Construction began in October 2002, with MasséNor responsible for the work in Akulivik and Umiujaq and Gély Construction overseeing work Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quaqtaq and Purvinituq. All the new police stations are based on the same floor plan, although Puvirnituq’s building has an addition to accommodate a larger number of cells. The new police stations are on a single floor level divided into two sections, one for work and public use and the other for holding cells. Each has a front public entrance as well as a back entrance that leads directly to the cell area.

The construction of the police stations was financed by the government of Quebec.