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['Jonathan Parsons photo<br />The RCMP detachment in Clarenville is more than 30 years old and is set for extensive renovations and expansion.<br /><br />']
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CLARENVILLE, N.L. — Clarenville RCMP say recent changes to traffic service officers in the area shouldn’t affect local policing coverage in the future.

Clarenville Mayor Frazer Russell told the rest of council at the Tuesday, July 31 meeting, that he had met with superintendent of the Eastern N.L. RCMP district Archie Thompson and Clarenville Staff Sgt. Larry Turner about the matter.

In an interview with The Packet, Turner says two traffic services members previously stationed in Clarenville will now be based elsewhere. One will be relocated to Gander and the other moved to Holyrood.

Turner added these positions were not officially part of the local detachment and all regular officers will be maintained going forward.

He says this was a reorganization of traffic services personnel and the local RCMP will still have a presence on the Trans-Canada Highway in the area.

Turner echoed what they told Russell in saying policing coverage in the local area will remain the same going forward.

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