Programs & Services
The Charlottetown Police Services, working together with the Community, strives to protect life and property and in so doing hopes to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Charlottetown and it’s visitors.
The Administration Section includes Chief Paul Smith; Deputy Chief Gary McGuigan, responsible for operations; and Administrative Assistant Helen McGuigan. This section is responsible for all administrative duties of the department.
The Bylaws identified below fall under the realm of the Bylaw Enforcement Officer and are acted upon as a result of complaints received from City residents. It is through the enforcement of these Bylaws that the City is able to maintain its image as being a safe and clean environment for all.
Bylaw enforcement encompasses a number of City Bylaws such as the following:
The CPS Street Crime Unit was created in 2007 to address areas of concern, with a focus on community and “quality of life” issues in the City of Charlottetown. Generally, the issues handled by this unit are ones that are more serious in nature and are beyond the first responders’ mandate. The frequency of the events is also a factor when involving the Street Crime Unit.
Officers in this unit have the ability to work in uniform or plain clothes, depending on the project. Officers are assigned projects, manage specific files and develop operational plans which will enable them to address the areas of concerns. In some cases, officers from this unit may also be assigned to assist other units within the the CPS or with our other policing partners.
The Telecommunications Section consists of a Coordinator and seven call-takers. This section is responsible for receiving and dispatching all emergency and non-emergency police and fire calls for the City of Charlottetown. It is also the site of one of the 3 Provincial Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP’s) for the enhanced 911 Emergency Response System. They dispatch in excess of 14,000 calls annually.
The Court Office is tasked with Court Liaison, receives all court-related matters, and prepares same for Court, Crown Prosecutor’s Office, and Department personnel.
The Parking Section consists of a Coordinator and two clerical staff. The Police Services is also responsible for 4 Canadian Corps of Commissionaires who are tasked with parking enforcement in the downtown area.
For convenience, payments of these tickets may be made at two locations. A drop box is available on the main floor of City Hall as well as ticket payments may be made in person or through the use of a drop box at the police station at 10 Kirkwood Drive. If a problem exists with an issued violation, a person may complete a Dispute Resolution Form (available on the main floor of City Hall or the Police Station). As an additional convenience, persons may also direct inquiries on parking tickets to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call (902) 629-4041.
Emergency Response Team (E.R.T.)
It is the responsibility of the Charlottetown Police Services Patrol Division to respond to all calls for police service within the city limits. With more than sixty-five percent of all sworn officers in the police services assigned to the ‘Uniform Division’, it is by far our largest and most visible component. Officers of the ‘Uniform Division’ work in one of four policing zones within the City of Charlottetown and respond to over 15,000 calls for service per year. When not responding to calls for service, officers of the Uniform Patrol Division aggressively enforce the traffic laws of the city and province to ensure the safety of our citizens. Members are also actively involved in community initiatives such as School Liaison and D.A.R.E.
During the summer months, we have a bicycle patrol, members on foot patrol and we also have a Motorcycle Unit.
The Forensic Identification Section is responsible for:
- Attending all major crime scenes, including homicides, robberies, sex assaults, break and enters; record and preserve the crime scene, collect and analyze evidence
- scaled and detailed drawings
- expert testimony in court
- fingerprinting services in less serious crimes such as stolen automobiles
- photographic services at crime scenes for victims of assault and mischief
This member will utilize several pieces of equipment and techniques while carrying out their duties, some of which are:
- Forensic light sources
- CA fuming chamber
- Blood drying cabinets
- Comparison microscope
- Numerous chemicals
- Digital and analog still cameras and video cameras
- Forensic video analysis (using two state-of-the-art forensic video analysis computers)
- Advanced digital graphics, image enhancement
- Covert video installations
- Covert/night vision still photographs and video surveillance