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Staff Sgt. Kelly Dennison stands in front of the Lyle Street station, which will soon amalgamate with the Pembina Street station to become the West District Station.

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Staff Sgt. Kelly Dennison stands in front of the Lyle Street station, which will soon amalgamate with the Pembina Street station to become the West District Station. Photo Store

Two police stations are becoming one in November this year.

The District 2 Police Station (210 Lyle St.) and District 6 Police Station (1350 Pembina Hwy.) will be combined to become the new West District Station at 2321 Grant Ave.

Staff Sgt. Kelly Dennison said the new station is expected to be fully operational by Nov. 8.

According to the City of Winnipeg’s website, the new station will "house Uniform Operations, a Plainclothes Investigation Unit, a Service Centre and a Community Support Unit."

Although the two separate stations will no longer be servicing their respective areas, Dennison said the amalgamation into a single entity will do more good than bad.

"We like to think it’s a better response model. That new building is kind of right in the middle (of the two areas)," Dennison explained. "We can dispatch more officers (from one location). There will be more officers on the street. It gives us the ability to respond with more members."

Dennison said the West District Station has been in the works for about a year. The building provides better function and security, and more interview rooms than either of the two stations.

Dennison has revealed there will be a grand opening ceremony of the West District Station soon, but there is not yet a concrete date.

"The building is almost complete. We’ll be moving all of our officers into that building throughout the first week of November, and be fully operational by the second week of November," Dennison said.

On Oct. 23, the Lyle station held a coffee and cake event, while the Pembina station held the same event on Oct. 25.

"The two stations that we’re in currently on Lyle and Pembina have been around for a long time. People have known where to find us for 50 years, so these coffee and cake events are basically to say goodbye and thank you to our neighbours," Dennison said, adding the events were also an opportunity for officers to inform the community about where they’ll be moving to.

The events were also for retired officers of the Winnipeg Police Service to come back and reminisce, as well as some of the older members.

"Our service has become younger and younger. We’ve got a lot of young officers that don’t know the history behind these buildings. It’s far more emotional for some of our senior members. There’s a lot of history here," Dennison said.

For more information about the West District Station, visit winnipeg.ca/police/fourdistrict

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