Services of RCMP in P.E.I. to cost more

Teresa Wright and Doug Gallant
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Services of RCMP in P.E.I. to cost more

The six P.E.I. municipalities that have agreements with the province for RCMP services will have a higher bill than expected this year.

There will be a five per increase for municipalities with an extended service agreement with the province, including Montague, Borden-Carleton, Souris, O’Leary, Alberton and Tignish.

The increase is due to cost increases, according to an official with the P.E.I. Federation of Municipalities.

Notice of the increase was issued on Friday, but most municipal leaders had not received or been notified of the increase when contacted by The Guardian for comment Monday.

Even the Federation of Municipalities was not aware until it contacted the province and confirmed the increase is indeed going ahead.

The official from the federation did not want to be quoted, as he knew so little about this development.

Dean Sexton, mayor of Borden-Carleton, said an increase of five per cent would be a major hit to the town’s budget.

“They’re just going to have all the small municipalities give up on the RCMP. We’re not going to be able to afford it if it keeps going up like this.”

Sexton said his town council is in the process of drawing up the year’s operating budget and was not expecting an increase to its RCMP contract of five per cent.

He, too, had not yet been officially notified of the increase.

“Not even anybody on council had an inkling this was going to happen. We figured we were OK for another year because we just had an increase,” Sexton said, referencing a seven per cent increase for RCMP services within the last two years.

“It will probably end up being a deal breaker for us in doing the contract with them if this is going to keep on going like this. And I think all small towns will be saying the same thing.”

Meanwhile, the province announced Monday it will launch a comprehensive review of the province’s police services.

This is the first provincewide review of police services in more than 40 years.

The review will consult with law enforcement, emergency response partners, communities and Islanders on viable and effective models for policing services, according to a news release issued Monday by the province.

“This review will assist us in determining the future direction of policing and create opportunities for closer collaboration and co-ordination,” said Premier and Justice Minister Wade MacLauchlan.

A request for proposals will be issued for the review, and $150,000 has been allocated for this work.


Organizations: RCMP, P.E.I. Federation of Municipalities

Geographic location: Borden-Carleton, P.E.I., Tignish

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  • Alex
    February 24, 2016 - 10:13

    About time Island just made its own Police Force. They have the Academy right here for training. Would save the Province millions...... Anyone who says otherwise is lying. Send the Islands Mounties out to help all the understaffed offices across Canada, Never happen Makes too much sense!

  • Joe Doe
    February 23, 2016 - 20:20


  • Islander
    February 23, 2016 - 19:31

    RCMP on PEI are top heavy in the management. More than required white shirt positions some doing very little. The ones suffering here at the front line staff working shift work continually short handed. Pls tell us just how many officers do the patrol work. The last I heard their were over 120 at headquarters. If this is true starting cutting. Waste of money. Morale at an all time low. Somebody wake up. Our Commanding officer lives in Halifax and works here. Hoe much additional wasted money with this move.

  • Resources
    February 23, 2016 - 12:46

    The latest RCMP scandal at the training College in Ottawa is a disgrace to the National Force, senior members lying on their office desk in the nude, all Instructors. This just came on the news last night. Two or three involved and not fired. This is just one of many on going conduct invesigations which are pretty sickening. This New Commander Pulton was to fix all this foolish behaviours, guess what .iftsan epidemic now. All RCMP and all Municipal Police Services need a major oeverall in terms if screening and conduct complaints. Clean them out, not firing these officers ,than giveing them a slap on the wrist only breeds morse I feel so sorry to the good men and women in red, yellow and blue

  • Got a question
    February 23, 2016 - 12:17

    How much of the budget is for gas?

    February 23, 2016 - 11:20

    Pricing themselves out, maybe they should cut back on the 100 white shirts stumbling around on University Ave...they put the T in top heavy.

  • AL
    February 23, 2016 - 09:54

    There you go. another reason to avoid amalgamation. The government is looking for ways to download the services they normally paid for on to municipalities. this is a tax increase on the residents of those towns. This is the first of many to come . What about the roads that pass through your town? While traveling in Vermont last fall I noticed road signs upon entering a small town which stated " End of state road" then at the other end of town would be a sign stating "Beginning of state road" along with these signs was usually a change in road conditions. state roads being the better. By April we will all be squeezed again.

  • The cost of everything is raising no surprise here
    February 23, 2016 - 07:53

    Policing costs are raising NOT just here but across the country,it is an essential service and it is expensive.Their roles in the communities they serve requires many hats because of the changing dynamics ,demographics and logistics of serving both urban and rural environments .Can this province afford it's own Prov Police Force NO....should there be closer cooperation than there is now and an amalgamation of resources yes.....many Chtn police officers make $100,000 ayear mostly from overtime and extra duties,can that be controlled??Should RCMP resources be maintained as is , in a world that now faces terrorist threats and mass shootings ?? Can it happen here yes.... Should they maintain the 24 hour coverage we have now....even though rural PEI is losing population..yes.....

  • amalgamate pei now
    February 23, 2016 - 07:07

    PEI's municipal system is not sustainable. The 73 municipalities need to be merged into 3 county municipalities with their own police, fire, public works, recreation, etc.