It's a tough time for anyone trying to sell a house in Drumheller and that's good news for the town's RCMP detachment.
Scheduled transfers out of the valley for three local Mounties have been cancelled by K Division headquarters in Edmonton.
"We had some transfers cancelled due to the length of time it's taken," explained detachment commander, Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles. "The housing market has not assisted in effecting our transfers, so staffing in K Division has decided to cancel them and they will remain part of Drumheller for the foreseeable future."
The cancelled transfers are for constables Eric Doucette, Rachel Pergunas and Lucas Stewart.
"They're my experienced officers, they've been here for several years and they know the community well, so it's nice to have that experience remain here at the detachment," stated Charles.
"There is that comfort with the familiarity of the officer as well," he noted. "You see them around the community, you've talked to them perhaps off duty or gone to events with them, played sports with them and it's nice to have that good rapport."
While the three constables are staying in Drumheller for now, their transfers will be reassessed to see what happens next. In the meantime, Charles has put out a request for another corporal to replace Trent Sperlie, who is the new permanent detachment commander in Hanna.