SUMMERSIDE – City police continue upgrading skill levels and their involvement with volunteer service within the community.
“We had several training session in the month of September,” said Councillor Tina Mundy, chairwoman of the city’s police services committee. “We had members attend three-day emergency response training in Charlottetown and a forensic interviewing course in Ottawa as well as some crisis negotiations training at Summerside Police Services.”
Mundy said officers are among the many volunteers who serve the community on their own time.
“Under volunteer work, our chief (Police Chief David Poirier) is always lending a hand to the community, September being no different,” she said. “He volunteered several times at Credit Union Place for the Western Capitals hockey games and also assisted at the St. Eleanors Lions Club for their annual turkey supper.”
“We have a member who sits on the executive of the Greenfield Home and School Association,” Mundy said. “We had several of our members attend a provincial peace officers memorial service in O’Leary. The chief and I helped out on a rainy day at the Granville Street Tim Horton’s for the Journal Pioneer Raise-A-Reader fundraiser. We were very honoured that Chief Poirier also dropped the puck at the Western Capitals hockey game to honour the fallen police officers.”
She said during September members of the department held meetings with the Women’s Network of P.E.I. as part of a youth project advisory committee.
“The purpose of this meeting was for the WNPEI to share their ideas on how they plan to move forward with their youth work and to solicit some feedback, suggestions and recommendations from the people that work with youth in the community,” Mundy said. “Members of the advisory board included police officers, youth workers, probation officer, addiction workers and several other people that are involved with youth justice.”
Police officers also volunteered in the local Community School program at Summerside Intermediate School once a week teaching self-defence.
“It’s a great example of community policing,” Mundy said. “It’s a great opportunity for our officers to interact with our residents within our community and to show the human side of our police officers.”
Mundy recognized Det. Sgt. Joe Peters on receiving the P.E.I. Crime Stoppers Municipal Police Officer of the Year Award.
Summerside police responded to 600 calls during the month of September.
Following are the statistics for the Summerside Police Services for the month:
Traffic offences – 85
Provincial Statutes – 131
Firearms – 2
Criminal Code – 27
Drug enforcement – 11
Crimes against persons – 27
Crimes against property theft under $5,000 – 46
Crimes against property theft over $5,000 – 2
Crimes against property, possession of stolen goods, mischief, fraud, break and enter – 44
Common police activities – 225