City police return to zone system

Nigel Armstrong
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Charlottetown Police Services is now back to a zone system, with a series of staff promotions to administer the revived community policing process.

The change was presented to the January city council meeting Monday by Councillor David MacDonald, chair of the protective and emergency services committee. 

The promotions include the first woman to be promoted to the rank of sergeant in the history of Charlottetown Police Services, being Michelle O'Donnell. Also promoted to sergeant is Shane Carr and Walter Vessey.

The newly appointed corporals are Dean Field, John Flood, David Pound and Chris Watts.

"What Police Services has done is set up a number of zones that incorporate the various wards within the city and the sergeants and corporals have been assigned to the zones," said MacDonald.

Those officers will be the go-to people for issues that council members and the public want to bring to the attention of police.

"Those officers will be in charge of those zones for community-based initiatives or targeted enforcement," said Deputy Chief Gary McGuigan after the presentation.

Some examples of community policing programs include helping seniors dispose of unused prescriptions or receive help to shred sensitive documents, said McGuigan.

The new promotions helped bring about the necessary administrative structure to support the zone system, said McGuigan.

"This all ties in with the police report that was prepared (in January 2009)," said MacDonald. "My understanding is that this virtually is the end of incorporating all the significant aspects of that report."

The promoted officers were on hand at the council meeting to be recognized. MacDonald also paid tribute to Marvin Cameron who retired from the force this past December after a 37-year career in Island policing.

Organizations: Charlottetown Police Services

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Iceland

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Recent comments

  • John W.A. Curtis
    January 15, 2013 - 17:08

    Take a look at the Summerside Police and people will see why police should be trained at the Atlantic Police Academy

  • former islander
    January 15, 2013 - 15:52

    @ regional police: And what do you propose to do with the Halifax Regional Police Training program? It makes as much sense to train a regional force in the major city of the region as it does to train them at APA

  • Tough job all around . . .
    January 15, 2013 - 09:10

    Let's face it, some of our cops work very hard. Some of them are very professional and do their job well. And, some of them are floaters . . . dead beats who don't have enough energy to even care about themselves, never mind help others. What we need, and David MacDonald knows this very well, is an accountability system that reports on accepted performance indicators. That's "accepted performance indicators" not loosey goosey indicators that do little except perpetuate the status quo. Councillor MacDonald knows what to do and he knows how to do it. However, does he have the courage to do it? And don't get me wrong, I sure don't have the courage to do it. Then again, he's the Councillor, I'm just the guy who voted for him. Let's go David, do what needs to be done!

  • Julie
    January 15, 2013 - 07:10

    If they can afford all these officers and pay raises they should of looked at the. Ost of switching over to the RCMP. It would make more sense and be cheaper If the RCMP covered all of the island for police services plus they will be all on the same page and not competing with one and another. Right now they do not share any intellegence with each other....

    • regional police
      January 15, 2013 - 08:30

      I agree on one police force for PEI but it should not be RCMP, which has inflated nation-wide salaries. We have a police academy in PEI and we should have a regional police service for the entire Maritimes whose members get trained by that police academy. Get rid of RCMP contract policing in NS, NB and PEI. Have a Maritimes Police Service which covers this entire region, similar to the OPP, RNC and Surete, or the Maine State Police. Have this service also do the municipal policing. One region, one service. RCMP are a federal force and should only enforce federal laws.

    • innocent bystander
      January 15, 2013 - 09:13

      "Right now they do not share any intelligence with each other....." Great quote, reason for the lack of intelligence sharing likely has something to do with how lacking the Charlottetown Police Force is in actually having any officers that possess Intelligence!!

  • Jacob L
    January 15, 2013 - 07:05

    This appears to be a great idea. A better structured policing system. David MacDonald has been impressive in his role. He seems to have a good connection with the common peoples' needs and wants. There are far too many money-wasting projects and ideas with no apparent validation aside from "that'd be cool, eh".

  • Waitforit
    January 15, 2013 - 00:12

    Maybe now they will also have a traffic division.

  • Daaaave
    January 14, 2013 - 23:24

    In my area which I will call 'not downtown' it's so rare to see a police car that people look out their windows as if the plow were going by. I'd like to see more officers hired and even sub stations or precincts in suburban areas some sort of permanent presence rather than a ten second quick drive through the area, the drug dealers wait a few minutes then appear again (Community Centre parking lot). A dedicated traffic section is very badly needed to stop the constant motorcycle racing during the summer on the bypass.

  • dm
    January 14, 2013 - 21:56

    They should cut back on some of the un needed officers at that police station not promote them for doing nothing.

  • Chaylon
    January 14, 2013 - 21:47

    Congrats on the promotions