SUMMERSIDE - The chairwoman of the city’s police services committee got a close up look at the work Summerside police officers do on an everyday basis.
On Friday, May 9, Councillor Tina Mundy accompanied Summerside Constable Craig Murphy on a ride-along.
“I had approached Deputy (Police Chief Sinclair) Walker a few months past about the possibility of doing this,” Mundy said. “We looked into all of the legalities in order to get me to do that. Every precaution was taken to ensure that I was safe as well as the public at large.”
Mundy spent from 8 p.m. to midnight travelling with Murphy.
“I was totally blown away on how much our police department sees just in a four-hour period,” she said. “I really had my eyes opened. We were out and first on the scene for a minor accident. What really blew me away was how synchronized the department was when it came to an accident scene. They didn’t have to think. They just reacted.”
Mundy said there were three units that responded to the scene and each knew what the other was doing.
“It was just so smooth and so professional and I just could not believe how well trained these police officers are,” she said. “It’s something that I would recommended (to committee chairs) getting into your department for a couple of hours.”
Mundy said all committee chairs toured their respective departments when given the portfolio but it is a different case scenario to actually go on the job with staff.
“I really had my eyes opened when I spent the time with them,” she said. “I appreciate a lot more what they do. I think it prepares me better as a chair to ask the questions that need to be asked.”
Mundy also got to tour the dispatch area and was shown how police respond when a call comes into the department and the equipment police officers use.
“To be so alert, Cst. Murphy was seeing things that I didn’t see,” she said. “As we were driving, he would point to something that I was oblivious to but with his training he just knew that this might be wrong or that might be wrong. And even driving with the window down to hear at night – it’s quiet and you can hear things that you normally wouldn’t hear. It was just a great experience for me. There’s so much involved.”