Charlottetown hiring new deputy police chief

Dave Stewart
Published on December 11, 2015

Charlottetown police cruiser

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Charlottetown will be getting a new deputy chief of police after the holidays.

Charlottetown Police Services has been without one of its two deputies since Richard Collins retired earlier this year to run for the PC nomination in District 15, West Royalty-Springvale.

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Gary McGuigan is the other deputy chief and will remain in place.

The vacant job was advertised until Nov. 25.

Coun. Jason Coady, chairman of the city’s protective and emergency services committee, said applications are being reviewed but couldn’t say how many applied for the job.

“They don’t expect to name the successful candidate until the new year,’’ Coady said Friday, adding that he doesn’t think the applications have been short-listed yet.

The new deputy chief will handle the administration and support services division. That means overseeing major crime, communications, records, traffic and support services, keeping on top of calls for service and crime trends and reporting on efficiencies and effectiveness of investigations.

McGuigan will continue to oversee uniform patrol and community policing initiatives. He was named deputy chief in charge of operations and community policing in June 2009 and spearheaded the creation of the downtown depot on Kent Street, Operation ID, a graffiti awareness program, a new bicycling registration and parenting technique programs.

Collins, who didn’t win the PC nomination, spent 35 years with the city police force.