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Charlottetown councillor pushing for more police

Mitch Tweel
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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Coun. Mitchell Tweel continues to push for more police officers on the streets of Charlottetown.

At council’s recent monthly public meeting, the Ward 4 councillor again stated that the complement for Charlottetown Police Services is 17 officers below the national average.

While that is true, the police department is only about five under the Atlantic Canadian average.

Tweel also wants the city to look into reinstating a traffic unit and taking over the space being vacated by the RCMP at the Maypoint detachment. The RCMP is moving its Queen County detachment to Cornwall.

Coun. Greg Rivard, chairman of council’s standing committee on protective and emergency services, said he’s leaving those decisions up to the police department.

However, Rivard added the cost to bringing back the traffic unit and hiring ore officers would cost a minimum of $500,000.

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