Cells vacant as prisoners housed in Penticton cells

New Summerland jail cells remain unused because of staffing costs.

by John Arent

Summerland’s newly opened RCMP station has three prison cells, but they have not been occupied since the detachment opened in July.

Cpl. Bruce Haley of the Summerland RCMP detachment said Summerland has not housed prisoners in its cells since 2005.

Earlier, when the police were still operating out of the building on Jubilee Road West, the cells were condemned and could no longer be used for prisoners.

While the new cells are good, Haley said the cost of staffing must be considered.

“The cost of housing prisoners in Penticton is cheaper than hiring guards,” he said.

If prisoners are arrested during the day, they are held for a court appearance.

These arrested at night, often for alcohol-related offences, are taken to cells until they sober up.

For Summerland to house prisoners, at least half a dozen guards would be needed, he said.


Just Posted

Donations collected for Summerland Food Bank

More than 60 people attended recent Holiday Open House at Edward Jones office

Ready for the festive season

In 1955, Summerland had a dazzling display of holiday lights

South Okanagan Métis step up involvement with school district

The association wants to have more of a role in the inclusion of Métis culture, history in schools

Open houses regarding transit between Penticton and Kelowna

The meetings will be held in Summerland, Princeton, Penticton, Peachland and Osoyoos on Dec. 4 and 5

Third fatality in 24 hours on South Okanagan roads

A vehicle incident closed Highway 3 for five hours Monday night

VIDEO: E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickens 18 people in Ontario, Quebec

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it’s working with U.S. authorities to determine the source of the romaine lettuce those who got ill were exposed to.

Feds give formal notice for law to end Canada Post strike

Trudeau government ready to legislate employees back to work after five weeks of rotating strikes

Lower Mainland suspect identified in fatal northern B.C. hit and run

Suspect and seven other individuals believed involved located on Haida Gwaii

‘Bait and switch’ warning ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Competition Bureau of Canada is warning shoppers of illegal sale tactics

Legal battle ahead for suspended B.C. legislature executives

Public removal ‘very unfair,’ says veteran clerk Craig James

B.C. sees biggest spike in homicides across Canada, at 34%

Much of the killing was attributed to gang violence, according to Statistics Canada

Fundraiser established for the family of South Okanagan crash victim

A GoFundMe account has been established for the Penticton driver who died in an accident

Sea lion tangled in rope on Vancouver Island

Marine debris is a ‘significant problem’ for marine wildlife

Postal strike affects charities at critical fundraising time

Canadian fundraising professionals and charities join call for fast resolution

Most Read