Police chief under ‘van arrest’ to help needy families

Mike Carson
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Cops for Christmas toys and food drive

SUMMERSIDE- Summerside Police Chief David Poirier will be “locked up” on Saturday as part of the police department’s first annual Cops for Christmas Food and Toy Drive.


Non-perishable food items along with new toys will be collected to assist needed families for Christmas through the Salvation Army.

Poirier has agreed to remain inside the police van inside Credit Union Place and will not leave the until the van has been filled.

“I’ve got a bad knee so I’ll be in and out of the van but I’m not leaving the premises until it’s full,” he said. “I’ve reached out to about 100 of my contacts and all of the city employees and I’m hoping it won’t take any more than a few hours (to fill the police van).”

Poirier said he doesn’t think he’ll be spending the night at Credit Union Place.

“But need be, I’ve promised to stay until the van is full and I’ll hold to my promise,” he said.

Poirier, although putting his freedom on the line, wasn’t the one who came up with the idea of Cops for Christmas.

“I was approached by two or three (police services) members a month ago about this idea,” the police chief said. “They told me about the program and I thought it was very worthwhile and they asked me if I would consider staying with the van or be inside the van until it is filled up. I gave them my blessing and put my support behind it.”

Poirier said this is the first of what he hopes will be many more in the years to come.

“A large volume of people have contacted me already and asked what they could bring,” he said. “When I sent my emails out yesterday the outpouring was unreal, People are going out to buy new toys or making arrangements for pick-up. The response has been great.”

Cops For Christmas will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21 at Credit Union Place beginning at 9 a.m.


Organizations: Credit Union Place, Salvation Army

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