CHARLOTTETOWN – Here’s something you don’t see every day.
Christmas. File photo
Prince Edward Island RCMP are asking Islanders to refrain from dropping off Christmas gifts and baked goods to the various detachments around the province.
Chief Superintendent Craig Gibson, head of the RCMP on P.E.I, issued a politely worded press release Thursday morning asking Islanders not to drop off these gifts.
It’s not that they’re not appreciated, said Gibson, but RCMP officers are not ethically permitted to accept tokens of thanks from the community.
Instead, Gibson is encouraging Islanders to pay that appreciation forward by making a donation to a community food bank.
"We don't want to seem unappreciative to these acts of kindness," said Gibson.
“Beyond wanting to ensure that those in need receive these gifts, we are bound by policy which prevents members from accepting tokens of thanks.
"All employees appreciate the kindness that is represented by gifts to the office at Christmas and we want to acknowledge how great it feels to be recognized in that way.
“The support we receive from the various communities is tremendous, but this year we would like to pay that forward through contributions to those who need it more than we do. Knowing we are helping Islanders who are less fortunate would be the best gift of all."