SUMMERSIDE - The deadline for a proposal to fund the Canadian Intelligence Service of Prince Edward Island (CISPEI) expired earlier this month with no draft being submitted to the Justice minister’s office.
CISPEI, which performs intelligence gathering on behalf of member agencies and is part of national intelligence program, was established in August of 2006 with a grant from the federal government. The bureau is integrated with the RCMP's L Division Criminal Analysis Section and has five member agencies: RCMP L Division, and the police departments of Summerside, Charlottetown, Kensington and the now closed Borden-Carleton police service.
The funding for the program ended on March 31, and the province picked up the tab for the $451,610 service. That funding ceases on March 31, 2014, and the provincial executive committee of CISPEI wants the municipalities of Summerside, Charlottetown, Kensington, Stratford and Cornwall to pick up roughly half of the cost. Each municipal share would be based on population numbers.
Under the proposal, Summerside would contribute $49,610 annually to the program. Charlottetown would pay $112,750, Kensington, $4,510, Stratford, $27,060 and Cornwall $18,040. The province would make up the difference with an annual contribution of $243,540.
Summerside city council opposed the idea of having to pay claiming the CISPEI’s own mandate states it is “to be the provincial centre of excellence in support of law enforcement efforts to detect, reduce, disrupt and prevent organized and serious crime affecting P.E.I. and Canada.”
Justice Minister Janice Sherry had set an Oct. 7 deadline for the provincial executive committee to submit its proposal.
A spokesman from the minister’s office said Friday, no proposal has been submitted but negotiations are taking place on the issue.
“There are really no new proposals on the table,” the spokesman said. “We haven’t gotten anything yet and we don’t know if it will be coming.”
Sherry was unavailable for comment.