Charlottetown Police Services is expanding a program to share with private security staff news and views of criminals and crime activity.
It will put up a link on its web sites that security firms can enter to share information, said Councillor David MacDonald, chair of Charlottetown's protective and emergency services committee.
He made the announcement at the January city council meeting this week.
"Once the security groups log on to this new site they will be able to view entries that other retailers have made," said MacDonald. "They will be able to place their own entries on there. For example, if somebody is served with a trespass order in one of the stores, that will be on there so other retailers around the city will know about that."
Such a program already exists in the downtown, but is being expanded to the major retail areas further out, said MacDonald.
He said that a police committee meets regularly with the Downtown Business Association and one part of that connection focuses on security operations.
There are security staff at the Confederation Centre, the Confederation Court Mall, the parking garages, for example.
"What Police Services has been able to do is pull these groups together a little bit, offer some training, coordinate their responses so that it has become a much more efficient and cohesive (system) from a security services point of view for the downtown," said MacDonald.
"The mayor has long been a proponent of making sure that the things that happen downtown, happen throughout the city," he said.
"We are now going to approach the large retailers in the northern part of the city, Home Depot, the mall, those kind of things.
"It is kind of exciting," said MacDonald. "We are hoping that it works as well as it did downtown. We got a very positive response from the downtown business community."