RCMP Prince Edward Island 2015-2016 Year in Review

Message from the Commanding Officer

Chief Superintendent Joanne Crampton
Commanding Officer

I am pleased to present the Annual Year in Review report to our communities, governments and other public safety stakeholders. This report showcases our policing accomplishments and challenges in providing a quality policing service in Prince Edward Island for the period of April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.

Our Annual Year in Review is one way we connect with the citizens we serve; however, I sincerely believe we are doing this on a variety of levels throughout the year. Whether it is at a traffic check-point, a call for assistance, an investigation of a crime or a community or school presentation, the RCMP is pleased to have served the Island as the Provincial Police Service since 1932. We have a longstanding history that reaches across this great Island. The support of communities, government, and other partners plays an integral role which contributes to ensuring our journey is a successful one.

In Prince Edward Island we are fortunate to have Provincial and Municipal government officials engaged with the development of RCMP policing priorities and initiatives to help ensure the needs of our various communities are met. We have a positive working relationship with our First Nations leaders and we are pleased to work closely with them in their respective communities. On a national level, the federal government provides Prince Edward Island with a strong policing presence through a specialized federal unit that provides expertise in investigations related to drug trafficking, fraud, national security and customs and excise, to name a few. As well, we are fortunate to have the support of a robust criminal intelligence unit comprised of a combination of both provincial and federal resources with an expertise in analytics at various levels. Provincially, the RCMP's strategic priorities included Road Safety, Criminal Intelligence, Drugs and Organized Crime and Youth. Unfortunately, 2015 saw a significant number of fatalities on our highways. Sadly, it was one of our deadliest in recent history. In order to reduce the impact felt by these tragedies, we all have an important role to play. Law enforcement assists through education, enforcement and prevention, but all Islanders play a crucial role as well: in order to make a difference, we all need to commit to preventative measures such as not drinking and driving, buckling up, leaving the phone alone, adhering to posted speed limits and reporting suspected impaired driving. Through collaborative partnerships, we can all strive to help improve safety on our roadways.

I can attest to the pride and professionalism shown every day by our employees. Prince Edward Island is a wonderful place to live, work, raise our families, and make meaningful contributions to society. I am proud to call the Island my home.

Message from the Minister

Premier Wade MacLauchlan
Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General.

Living and working in a safe province is one of our privileges as Islanders, and we are pleased to rely on our policing partners to provide the support and services necessary to assure our sense of community safety.

Through the Attorney General's role as chief law enforcement officer of the province, we depend on our provincial policing services agreement with Public Safety for RCMP services to our communities.

In Prince Edward Island, the RCMP provides policing services to approximately 63% of our Island population and patrols 98% of our land and waterways. As an active partner, the RCMP provides specialized resources to municipal police services and leadership in complex joint investigations. This collaboration works toward providing a province-wide and seamless police service, which is an important objective for the Attorney General.

Through a tripartite agreement with Canada, we also ensure the provision of dedicated specialized services to each of the First Nations communities in the province. The consultations underway to review the agreement will provide opportunity to continue to build our relationship and the quality of police services which are provided.

P.E.I. is not immune to the risks of the larger world community. During 2015-16, the Criminal Intelligence Service Prince Edward Island (known as CISPEI) under the leadership of the RCMP in partnership with the three municipal police services, and other federal and provincial law enforcement agencies continued to improve its capacity to detect and disrupt criminal activity in the province.

The federal policing function of the RCMP in the province is critical in maintaining a vigilance regarding organized crime as well as economic and national security issues that impact the province. As Attorney General, I am proud to have the RCMP as our partner and thank the members for all they do in the service of their fellow Islanders.

Message from Acting Criminal Operations and Federal Policing Officer

Inspector Denis Roy
Acting Criminal Operations Officer
and Federal Policing Officer

As the Federal Policing Officer and also the acting Criminal Operations officer for the past year, I can attest to the fact that the Island RCMP has committed to ensuring the residents of P.E.I. have the safest Canadian province in which to live. Within Contract Policing, we devoted our efforts to rendering the roads and highways of P.E.I. safe. Multiple highway enforcement initiatives were established in conjunction with a communication strategy to educate Islanders on the perils of impaired and distracted driving. Furthermore, we increased our training efforts, resulting in an enhanced capacity to respond to major incidents. The past year saw a large percentage of our members equipped with carbines and trained in urban operations. A mock major incident scenario was created, in which several members participated and honed their skills. This new tool will be used every year to better prepare our members and we will also invite our partners to participate.

Since the re-engineering of Federal Policing, we have significantly improved our response to high priority files. This was noticeable in this last year, when our Federal Investigation Unit was tasked to probe an incident that had a potentially major economic impact to Prince Edward Island. This new flexibility in investigations makes the federal program relevant to contemporary safety issues.

A project on an Organized Crime group in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick was completed and resulted in the seizure and forfeiture of a high end residence and a sentence of several years in prison for the main suspect. This file had a major impact in the community as the supply of illicit pills was disrupted on Prince Edward Island; it also sent a strong message that "crime does not pay".

In terms of education and crime prevention initiatives, a train-the-trainer program is under development to ensure RCMP members, youth workers and volunteers will be equipped with the appropriate knowledge and tools to educate the public on the ill effects of drugs in our communities.

Within National Security, an outreach program was established by strategically engaging groups, agencies and organizations as a means to more efficiently and effectively identify possible threats within the province. Additionally, a P.E.I.Response to a Terrorism Event" is currently under development. This initiative will see the RCMP, Police Services and Public Safety working collaboratively and engaging in joint training to ensure a heightened response to a major incident.

National strategic priorities 2015-2016

National Security

The greatest threat to Canada's national security remained the potential for terrorist criminal activity in Canada and abroad. This is certainly also a reality for Prince Edward Island. The Island RCMP's role is to detect, prevent, disrupt and dismantle this type of criminal activity. Our investigative successes were and are largely determined by our flexibility, leadership and collaboration with foreign and domestic law enforcement partners. We will continue with proactive measures in direct accordance with the level of threat against the citizens we are sworn to protect.

Youth

Nationally, the Youth priority issues included Bullying and Cyberbullying; Radicalization to Violence; Drugs and Alcohol Abuse; and Intimate Partner Violence. Mitigation strategies included outreach and engagement initiatives aimed at influencing youth behaviour through behaviour modeling and engaging youth to positively influence their peers, in addition to intervention and diversion strategies to assist youth offenders and victims of crime. Locally, we continued to rely on our Provincial Youth Outreach Workers who are located in each District to provide referrals and follow up with at-risk youth in collaboration with our front-line police officers.

Economic Integrity

The types of crimes driven by the motivation for profit are extensive and certainly not victimless. In the face of globalization and technological progress, criminals are operating beyond jurisdictions using sophisticated and continuously-evolving methods to find victims. Law enforcement plays an important role in strengthening and preserving the security and economic interests of all citizens. Maintaining economic integrity is a complex issue that the Island RCMP addressed in cooperation with other Police Services, law enforcement agencies, governments at all levels, the private sector and our international partners.

Serious and Organized Crime

Two RCMP members during a training exercise.

Globalization and rapid advances in technology have contributed to the expansion and internationalization of organized crime activities; Canadians can easily fall victim to organized crime groups operating outside of our borders, culminating in a global problem that cannot be fought solely within our borders. The RCMP is committed to safe homes and safe communities for all Canadians. Using an intelligence-led, integrated approach, the RCMP focused its activities on reducing the threat and impact of organized crime which has far-reaching implications, even in Prince Edward Island. In fulfilling its mandate, the RCMP works closely with domestic and international partners in a sustained effort to dismantle today's criminal groups. Locally, a concerted effort and emphasis was placed on attaining intelligence relating to drug trafficking, serious financial crimes, and outlaw motorcycle gangs operating locally, and prosecuting those individuals involved in such crimes.

Aboriginal Communities

Contributing to safer and healthier Aboriginal communities was one of the five strategic priorities for the RCMP in 2015-2016. Delivering culturally competent police services provided the foundation necessary to build relationships and partnerships with the Aboriginal communities we serve in Prince Edward Island. As we work together, the Island RCMP is in a position to assist and advocate for Aboriginal communities at a local and national level.

Provincial Police Service Island RCMP Priorities 2015-2016

Road Safety

Commanding Officer, C/Supt. Joanne Crampton during a traffic stop.

An increase in public education coupled with strategic enforcement and joint highway safety initiatives were undertaken with various partners and stakeholders to ensure a more focused and collaborative approach to combatting impaired by alcohol and/or drugs and distracted driving on our Island roadways. Social media was also leveraged as a means of providing public education and awareness surrounding road safety issues that are faced every day by the RCMP in Prince Edward Island.

Criminal Intelligence

A formalized network for intelligence-sharing between the RCMP and federal, provincial and municipal agencies was enhanced to target prolific and repeat offenders within Prince Edward Island. Products, such as Intelligence Bulletins, developed locally or received from agencies world-wide, were shared with internal RCMP units and partner agencies to assist front-line members in active investigations and in the pursuit of intelligence-gathering and officer safety.

Drugs and Organized Crime

The Island RCMP ensured a concerted effort was placed on reducing the overall impact of organized crime in Prince Edward Island. Intelligence-gathering was conducted on the various outlaw motorcycle gangs which currently operate in our province. A major project in partnership with RCMP in New Brunswick saw a successful outcome resulting in several convictions and a quantity of drugs and assets seized. At the district level, Joint Forces Operations were active in conducting numerous searches and seizures, resulting in the reduction of illicit drugs available on the street. Educational and awareness initiatives were delivered to various stakeholders and groups with a view to informing Prince Edward Island residents on the negative and far-reaching impacts of illegal and prescription drug abuse.

Youth

Cpl. Marc Periard and Cpl. Dan D'Amour reading to children during a class presentation.

Emphasis was placed on community youth engagement initiatives, including providing information sessions to youth on the adverse effects of abusing prescription and illicit drugs. Educational sessions were delivered to our young people on bullying and cyber-bullying which have become increasingly prevalent and troublesome issues in today's society. Additionally, various open houses and information sessions were held with a view to recruiting new applicants to the RCMP.

Operational and Administrative Support Units

Drugs and Organized Crime Awareness Services

Drugs and Organized Crime Awareness Services (DOCAS) focused its attention this year on methamphetamine (speed pills) and other illicitly produced tablets, such as MDMA (ecstasy), bath salts and fentanyl. This focus was dictated by the increasing national issue with fentanyl abuse and a trend towards increased abuse of methamphetamine tablets on P.E.I. The discovery in January 2016 of P.E.I.'s first chemical drug lab, a "One Pot" methamphetamine laboratory has focused police and public attention on the issue. To supplement enforcement efforts, DOCAS has been undertaking an aggressive awareness campaign with a view to preventing these drugs from gaining a foothold here in P.E.I.

Plans are in place to take advantage of the strong existing partnerships with RCMP units, other Police Services and Addiction Services to combat the spread of these drugs. DOCAS continues to promote awareness and prevention by providing drug-related presentations and training to numerous groups including police personnel, first responders, healthcare professionals, schools, parents, public groups and other partners. DOCAS also administers the drug expert witness program for the Province, and participates in the yearly "National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day".

Intelligence-led policing

Cpl. John FitzGerald demonstrating an intelligence tool used by CISPEI.

One of the most significant aspects of effective policing in Prince Edward Island is the ability of police agencies to cultivate and share intelligence. Due to the Island's small geographic size, the criminal element continually overlaps policing jurisdictions, making it crucial to ensure intelligence is being produced and shared. The intelligence model developed in late-2013 for Criminal Intelligence Services Prince Edward Island (CISPEI) has grown, providing timely intelligence provincially and nationally to our partners. This unit is comprised of criminal intelligence analysts who service the RCMP, as well as its municipal policing partners across Prince Edward Island. The unit has a focused approach with respect to intelligence-led policing which now includes a more robust crime reduction component. The crime reduction analysts identify crime patterns and develop evidence-based recommendations to police commanders regarding the deployment of resources. This assists in ensuring a more focused impact on reducing crime and victimization across Prince Edward Island. CISPEI also continues to work closely with, and provides strategic analysis assistance to the RCMP Federal Investigation Unit, as well as joint forces projects. In addition to working with municipal policing agencies, CISPEI continues to develop relationships with partners, such as the provincial Department of Justice and Public Safety (corrections, probation and prosecution); federal departments of Fisheries and Oceans, Correctional Service Canada, and Canada Border Services Agency. By enhancing our information gathering processes, and sharing the resulting intelligence, policing services in P.E.I. will continue to be enriched.

Major Crime Unit

The Island RCMP Major Crime Unit (MCU) had a busy year. A few files of note were:

  • The "Baby Albion" file, which saw precedent-setting relationship DNA testing used as an investigative technique – the first such instance in Canada.
  • A homicide which occurred in Pleasant Grove which was thoroughly investigated resulting in the suspect being quickly identified and charged; this file is currently before the courts with a trial scheduled for late spring of 2016.
  • A Christmas Day 2015 shooting incident resulting in three individuals being charged; all three have upcoming court dates.

Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) investigations are steadily on the rise and MCU remained the primary contact within the province for all RCMP units and detachments, often providing assistance to Charlottetown, Summerside and Kensington Police Services. MCU provided investigative assistance to all three RCMP Districts as required and offered secondment opportunities to district members in an effort to enhance their investigate abilities and skills.

The National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR), which is a component of MCU, continued to be the sole contact within P.E.I. for the maintenance of NSOR files from all police services across the Island.

Police Dog Service

PDS Dutch, ready for duty in his soft-body armour.

The Island RCMP Police Dog Service (PDS) unit currently consists of one police dog and one handler, physically located at Queens District, Maypoint Detachment. Police Dog "Dutch", regimental #932 is currently 4 ½ years old and is trained to assist his handler, Cpl. Marc Periard, in general duty policing and drug detection searching.

The PDS unit can be of assistance in a large variety of calls ranging from residential or commercial break and enters to assaults, armed robberies, persons reported missing, and arson, to name but a few. Additionally, the PDS unit has been proactive within our communities at events such as the Cavendish Beach Music Festival and in delivering school presentations, which are always well received and have a positive overall impact within the communities served.

In 2015-2016, the top priority for the sole PDS unit on the Island remained offering support to Island RCMP in addition to Charlottetown, Summerside and Kensington Police Services. Additionally, providing support to specialized sections such as the Emergency Response Team, Tactical Troop, Ground Search and Rescue, the RCMP Major Crime Unit and the Provincial Correctional Centre was and is an integral part of the team's role and mandate. Availability, quick response time and a well-trained dog are crucial elements in providing an enhanced service delivery within Prince Edward Island.

Forensic Identification Services

The Island RCMP Forensic Identification Section (FIS) consists of two Forensic Identification Specialists. In the summer of 2015, a new member came into FIS who will be mentored through the two-year understudy program to become a Forensic Specialist. FIS is responsible for providing crime scene support to the three RCMP Districts, Federal Investigation Unit, Major Crime Unit, Parks Canada, and Kensington Police Service. This past year also saw FIS delivering training to police officers in crime scene approach and handling of exhibits.

Administration and Personnel

The Administration and Personnel (A&P) office provides key support that is essential to the safety, security and well-being of RCMP employees across the Island as well as providing direct linkages and information to our federal, provincial and municipal partners. The A&P portfolio covers several areas of support including Client Services, Planning, Career Development and Resourcing (staffing), Training, Recruiting, Professional Responsibilities (conduct and discipline), Disability Case Management and Employee-Management relations.

Island RCMP Recruiting

Cst. Pierre-Luc Deschambault at the Island RCMP Recruiting Booth at the Air Atlantic Show in Slemon Park.

This year, the RCMP Proactive Recruiter had the opportunity to set up information booths at several fairs and events across the province, including events held at the University of Prince Edward Island, high schools, local detachments, the P.E.I. Home Show and the 2015 Air Atlantic show in Slemon Park. Over the summer months, the Island RCMP was invited to many Diversity Festivals held across the Island which provided a great opportunity to meet potential RCMP applicants and speak about what the RCMP does in the communities.

Prince Edward Island RCMP has spearheaded a new program to assist applicants with preparation for the RCMP entrance exam. In partnership with the Retired Teacher's Federation, tutoring assistance is now available to applicants. Many of our best applicants have been out of school for years, many have not had to prepare for an exam, or some may lack the confidence to put their best foot forward. Rather than lose these applicants at the testing phase, a tutor can quickly bring them back up to their potential and realize their dreams of being a member of the RCMP. This has been presented as a best practice nationally and already other provinces have implemented similar-type programs. Island RCMP Recruiting is looking forward to new challenges and a busy year ahead.

Communications and Media Relations

The Communications and Media Relations Unit promotes the work of the RCMP on Prince Edward Island by providing strategic and operational support. Using various communications products, the unit provides advice and guidance on strengthening relationships with various audiences and offers suggestions towards raising awareness and understanding the commitment to our policing programs and objectives. Working closely with our provincial RCMP counterparts and National Communications Office at RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa, the unit collaboratively provides assistance internally and externally in delivering the messages of the RCMP. The Communications and Media Relations unit provides support to RCMP senior management, front-line officers, specialized units, policy centres, and various media outlets, ensuring the work of the Island RCMP is both accessible and informative for the residents of Prince Edward Island.

Operational Communications Centre

PS Karen Montgomery assisting with officer safety by performing queries for members on the road.

The Operational Communications Centre (OCC) is the vital link and first point of contact for RCMP clients requesting police assistance. The OCC receives emergency and non-emergency calls for service 24/7 from the general public, first responders, and other public service agencies. OCC operators are highly trained in emergency call taking and dispatching, utilizing a fully integrated computer aided dispatch system, police records management systems and provincial motor vehicle system. Each new OCC operator receives national standardized training and ongoing enhanced training throughout their career.

This year brought technological improvement with the new PICS2 Trunked Mobile Radio System being implemented. This fully digital system allows seamless communications across P.E.I. between RCMP and other responding agencies such as Island EMS and fire departments. Specialized training was completed by OCC operators in September with the new radio system consoles. The OCC is tasked with controlling radio communications between RCMP members as well as agencies that may assist them.

During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the OCC monitored/performed over 323,000 patrol unit status updates, dispatched over 12,000 calls for service to RCMP members across the Island, processed nearly 5,000 "911" calls and thousands of phone inquiries from the general public. The OCC's focus on officer safety included monitoring and processing over 20,000 roadside traffic stop updates.

Information Management and Information Technology

Information Management/Information Technology (IMIT) continued to focus on its mandate of providing quality technology solutions to our members while ensuring data holdings are accurate and compliant with RCMP Information Management (IM) legislation, policies and best practices.

From an IM perspective, both the Information Management Section (IMS) and Operational Records Management System (ORMS) units were focused on education, awareness, compliance and data quality. Specific to ORMS, the unit continued to ensure data submitted to the Canada Centre for Justice Statistics (CCJS) branch of Statistics Canada met statistical requirements under the Federal Statistics Act. ORMS also focused on ensuring the accuracy of information reported in our operational records management system was complete and compliant with RCMP and Government of Canada (GoC) policy. Specific to IMS, the unit remained focused on empowering employees with the tools and knowledge required to effectively manage their administrative records in accordance with policy and legislation. In 2015-16, IMS implemented a massive email initiative in preparation for the migration to the new GoC email system and are currently working towards preparing electronic data holdings to integrate to the new GoC records management system (GCDOCS). Both units' initiatives were achieved through information sessions delivered to our internal and external clients as well as through audit and evaluation processes.

From an information technology perspective, with support and assistance from the Province of Prince Edward Island, the highlight of 2015 was the implementation of a shared public safety grade radio system. The new radio system will allow the RCMP to work effectively with our public safety partners locally and regionally to enable quality law enforcement service delivery to the residents of P.E.I. Throughout the year, IT Operations worked with our public safety partners, Bell Mobility and Motorola on system implementation, testing and training. Island RCMP migrated to the new system in November 2015.

Canada's Aboriginal Peoples

Our shared and unique history with Canada's Aboriginal peoples provides an environment in which we can work collaboratively to improve community health and wellness. We are committed to continue building upon these relationships as we encourage, sustain and foster honest and open dialogue among our Aboriginal partners here in Prince Edward Island.

Ula atgenamoogep pemiaapeneg Kanata ulnoay mematjoinoog maemigoay togo tan mowlogotiig utjit melgigenatenoo ulnoaygati oeloltig ag aelotagemk. Ginu na melgi telteg sioateno ungoatoog ula maoloogotink meta melgi gelnemoog ag pematoog telia oay aq puntateg gloosowaenn ula ginu ulnoog maoloogootimk ula Epegweitk.

Chief Matilda Ramjattan, Premier Wade MacLauchlan, Chief Brian Francis and Commanding Officer C/Supt Joanne Crampton at the Abegweit First Nation's 17th Annual Mawiomi.

Photo: Patricia Bourque

Kindra Bernard performs at the 17th Annual Mawiomi.

Photo: Patricia Bourque

Dion Bernard performs at the 17th Annual Mawiomi.

Photo: Patricia Bourque

The Provincial Police Service - A Proud Island Tradition

The following was taken verbatim from the first Annual Report submitted to the Honourable Premier and Attorney General James D. Stewart by Insp. J. Fripps, Commanding Officer, for the period ending December 21, 1932.The strength of the Force on the first of May being: One Officer, Inspector in Command; one Staff Sergeant; two Sergeants; three Corporals and fourteen Constables. Making a total of twenty-one".

"Four-hundred and twenty-one (421) investigations were made under the Criminal Code of Canada, resulting in 124 convictions. Numerous complaints were made, which on investigation were found to be unfounded and no prosecutions were made".

"During the period from the 1st of January to the 30th of April, 1932, the Provincial Police had an establishment of eleven members, with Headquarters at Charlottetown, and detachments located at Borden, Summerside, O'Leary, Montague and Georgetown. The following cases were handled by this Branch:

  • Criminal Code – 41 Cases – 36 Convictions;
  • Prohibition Act – 1 Case – 1 Conviction;
  • Fish & Game Act – 5 Cases – 4 Convictions;
  • Mental Cases – 7 – All committed to Falconwood Hospital"

"The Customs Preventive Service requires members of this Force to be on duty proactively day and night, there having to be made numerous patrols along the shorelines, which is approximately three-hundred and fifty miles. The alleged rum running schooners laying off the coast for days and nights awaiting the opportunity to smuggle the goods on to the Island. The alleged smugglers use fast motor boats and at times it is impossible for our patrols to follow them along the shoreline. However, I am satisfied from information obtained that there has not been twenty-five percent of the rum landed this year that was landed in previous years".

"P.E.I. Prohibition Act: Two hundred and thirty-seven (237) investigations have been made under this Act during the year and its enforcement has been a large percentage of the work of the Force, resulting in 169 convictions."

" P.E.I. Highway Traffic Act: One-hundred and eighty-five (185) investigations have been made under this Act during the year, and its enforcement has been a large percentage of the work of the Force, resulting in 114 convictions. It will be noted that the strength of the Force at Headquarters number fourteen. The majority of these members make special patrols all over the Province in the enforcement of the Provincial and Federal laws."

District Policing

Kings District Overview 2015-2016

Staff Sergeant Kevin Baillie
Kings District Commander

Kings District RCMP provides policing coverage to all of Kings County and the south-east portion of Queens County. The district has offices in Brudenell and the community of Souris. With the exception of the two-member Street-Level Drug Unit (SLDU), which works out of the Brudenell office, all of the other officers work in uniform. Additionally, there is a Provincial Youth Outreach Worker who provides support and referrals to members in Kings District.

Each year the Kings District policing priorities are determined by a consultative process which takes into consideration provincial and local issues and concerns. As in recent years, the district's overall priorities were Road Safety, Reducing the Abuse of Drugs, and Contributing to Community Safety. Measurable goals were put in place for each of these priorities, and all district employees worked towards achieving or exceeding them. During the past year, the district utilized the services of a Crime Reduction Analyst to better leverage resources by helping to identify problem areas and prolific offenders. This strategy has proven very effective. In October 2015, two men were arrested and charged with numerous break and enters and a large quantity of stolen items were recovered. In March 2016, three males were arrested for a series of nine vehicle thefts that had occurred over the previous two months. Property crimes in the district were down 5% over the previous fiscal year.

Members worked closely with the Provincial Department of Highway Safety and other RCMP Districts to conduct joint checkpoints and other traffic initiatives, targeting problem areas and drivers. The number of checkpoints conducted to detect and deter impaired drivers increased significantly over the previous fiscal year, and there was an increase in the number of charges laid for impairment by substances other than alcohol; an offence that is being encountered more frequently. Despite the increased effort to apprehend impaired drivers, there was only one more charged this fiscal year than the previous year. The district also placed an emphasis on "distracted driving" and "failing to wear a seatbelt" infractions – two offences that are major contributing factors to collisions and injuries on our highways. The Kings District SLDU worked closely with other enforcement agencies and there was an increase in the number of residential drug searches conducted. This year, as part of their efforts to reduce drug trafficking and usage by youth, the SLDU conducted an operation near a Montague school that resulted in the arrest of three youths and one adult, and the seizure of a quantity of drugs and related paraphernalia.

District members responded to a number of serious incidents over the past year including an injury collision involving an impaired driver in April 2015, a home invasion with a male victim in Montague in June 2015, and a domestic dispute with a shot fired inside a residence in January 2015. In all of these cases, a suspect was quickly identified, arrested and charged. There were no major crimes that went unsolved in the district in the past year.

The RCMP Kings District Easter Seals team

The RCMP Musical Ride performed in the Town of Montague in May 2015 which was very well attended and received. Members participated in a number of events throughout the year in red serge, including 12 different Remembrance Day Ceremonies that were held throughout the district. Extra members were also involved in policing a number of activities that occurred within the district over the past year including several graduation parties, the St. Peter's Blueberry Festival and the Rollo Bay Music Festival. Additionally, extra resources were deployed for intelligence-gathering and enforcement at various outlaw motorcycle gang events which occurred within Kings District.

There is an Enhanced Service Agreement in place for the towns of Montague and Souris and the Kings District RCMP prepares a monthly policing report for each.

These reports are presented to the Town Councils by an RCMP member who attends their monthly meetings. An annual report is prepared for the towns of Montague, Souris and Georgetown. Kings District has an excellent working relationship with the Town Councils in the district and appreciates the input and support the councils have provided.

The gathering and sharing of information and intelligence with, and through, CISPEI and other agencies plays an integral role in detecting and deterring criminal activity. Information received from the general public through Crime Stoppers, and other sources, continues to assist in the apprehension of impaired drivers, the seizure of illicit drugs, and solving many other crimes; as such, we would like to thank those who take the time to pass this information on.

All employees in Kings District are extremely dedicated to their duties. As we move into the next fiscal year, the employees of the Kings District RCMP will continue to work towards ensuring our residents have safe communities in which to live.

Kings District RCMP 2015 -2016

Crimes Against Persons - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Homicides 0
Robbery 1
Harassment 20
Uttering Threats 41
Assaults (excluding sexual assaults) 101
Sexual Assaults 6
Sexual Offences Against Persons 4
Kidnapping/Hostage/Abduction 0
Other Crimes Against Persons 0
Total Crimes Against Persons 173
Crimes against property - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Theft Under $5,000 111
Theft Over $5,000 4
Theft of Motor Vehicle 21
Theft from Motor Vehicle 27
Shoplifting 19
Possession of Stolen Property 10
Break and Enter 96
Arson 12
Mischief to Property 220
Other Crimes Against Property 0
Total Crimes Against Property 520
Provincial statutes - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Provincial (Excluding Traffic) 81
Liquor Act 51
Total Provincial Statutes 132
TRAFFIC - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Fatal Traffic Collisions 2
Non-Fatal Injury Traffic Collisions 34
Traffic Collisions - Property Damage 143
Total Traffic 179
Provincial Traffic - Charges Laid
Category of crime Total
Seat Belt Charges 155
Intersection Charges 10
Speeding Charges 362
Hand-Held Device Charges 63
Other Motor Vehicle Act Charges 608
Driving While Disqualified 44
Total Provincial Traffic Charges Laid 1242
Criminal Traffic - Charges Laid
Category of crime Total
Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle 5
Impaired Operation Over 80 mg 32
Impaired Care and Control of Motor Vehicle 6
Dangerous Driving 0
Prohibited Driving 9
Impaired Operation by Drug 1
Total Criminal Traffic Charges Laid 53
Other Criminal Code - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Frauds 27
Offensive Weapons 12
Moral Offences 2
General Criminal Code 128
Total Other Criminal Code 169
Federal - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Drug Enforcement 65
Other Federal Offences 21
Total Federal 86

Queens District Overview 2015-2016

Staff Sergeant Mark Crowther
Queens District Commander

Queens District RCMP is responsible for policing a population of approximately 43,000 residents which includes Queens County rural communities and the municipalities of Stratford and Cornwall, which have Municipal Policing Services Contracts. Queens District is comprised of four detachments: the Queens District Office at Maypoint, Stratford Municipal Detachment, the Abegweit First Nations Community Office in Scotchfort and a seasonal Community Office in Cavendish. In addition to the Regular Member and Public Service Employee complement, Queens District has a two-member General Investigation/Street-Level Drug Unit, a Court Liaison Officer, a Provincial Youth Outreach Worker, and a Crime Reduction Analyst from CISPEI. Island RCMP's Police Dog Service and Forensic Identification Section both work from the Queens District Office.

For 2015-2016, our District Policing Priorities continued to focus on three key areas: Highway Safety, Youth and Senior's Safety, and Community Safety. Concerted efforts were placed on awareness and enforcement initiatives designed to detract and apprehend impaired and distracted drivers; providing information sessions on prescription pill abuse, cyber-safety and fraud; and deploying resources to focus on investigations pertaining to illegal drugs, theft from motor vehicles and residential vandalism. The development of our strategy relied heavily on input from within our communities: Mayors and Council members, seniors and youth groups, school educators, and through interaction with business owners and the community-at-large. Our success depended heavily on efficient and effective use of targeted messaging, social media, selective checkpoints, and an aggressive combination of education and enforcement.

This year saw a number of very successful initiatives, including our work with First Nations youth and the Aboriginal Shield Program. Our Operation Strike series of selective highway enforcement and Leave the Phone Alone initiative with local radio, Island EMS and the Insurance Bureau of Canada continued to educate on the dangers of distracted and aggressive driving. Our work with the Town of Stratford and their Move Over, Share the Road, Respect Others campaign is recognized as a best practice. This year saw the successful introduction of the Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P) program in Cornwall. Having C.O.P. programs in Cornwall and Stratford provides invaluable assistance to our crime prevention programs; both internally with added intelligence, and externally as a means of awareness and prevention.

Drug enforcement, impaired driving by alcohol and/or drugs, and prescription pill abuse will always remain a focus of the RCMP. This year saw a number of very successful street-level drug investigations both within the district, and through partnership with our Federal Investigation Unit and Kings and Prince Districts. Non-prescribed prescription drug abuse and drug-impaired driving are emerging as areas of significant concern. Increased focus on education and enforcement regarding these areas will be delivered across the spectrum in the upcoming year. Queens District has worked hard to educate homeowners on the importance of securing residences, vehicles and buildings as deterrence against mischief and vandalism. Strengthening relationships with our law enforcement partners for more efficient and effective enforcement and working more cohesively within the community is making a difference.

A Queens District RCMP and Island EMS joint highway safety traffic initiative

As employees of Canada's national police force, and in serving the citizens of Prince Edward Island, we take pride in our contributions and continue to work hard at strengthening our strategic partnerships. This past year we continued to work with young people on issues such as prescription drug abuse, anti-bullying, and internet safety. We are involved in the communities we serve. Our Provincial Youth Outreach Worker, Abegweit First Nation's Officer, and School Liaison Officers work closely with groups such as Mothers against Drinking and Driving to lead initiatives such as the National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day and Pink Ribbon Anti-bullying Campaign. The efforts dedicated to these programs pay in dividends. Our major incident planning and organizing at the annual Cavendish Beach Music Festival, where nightly attendance exceeds 25,000 people, is another best practice in working together with a diverse range of agencies and organizations under a unified Incident Command System.

Our employees have contributed several hundred hours of volunteer time to various initiatives, including coaching, participation on local volunteer boards, and involvement on school advisory committees.

Our priorities moving forward will remain focused on making Island roads safer, preventing crime in our communities, and continuing to strengthen relationships while working together to address mutual issues of concern. On behalf of all employees of Queens District, we thank our community partners, stakeholders and members of the general public for their continued assistance and support. I also want to recognize our employees - our men and women in uniform, and all those in supporting roles for their continued pursuit of excellence in police service delivery.

Queens District 2015-2016

Crimes Against Persons - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Homicides 1
Robbery 0
Harassment 39
Uttering Threats 38
Assaults (excluding sexual assaults) 115
Sexual Assaults 27
Sexual Offences Against Persons 5
Kidnapping/Hostage/Abduction 1
Other Crimes Against Persons 7
Total Crimes Against Persons 233
Crimes Against Properties - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Theft Under $5,000 197
Theft Over $5,000 4
Theft of Motor Vehicle 26
Theft from Motor Vehicle 130
Shoplifting 26
Possession of Stolen Property 7
Break and Enter 155
Arson 5
Mischief to Property 383
Other Crimes Against Property 0
Total Crimes Against Property 933
Provincial Statutes - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Provincial (Excluding Traffic) 84
Liquor Act 150
Total Provincial Statutes 234
Traffic - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Fatal Traffic Collisions 5
Non-Fatal Injury Traffic Collisions 59
Traffic Collisions - Property Damage 245
Total Traffic 309
Provincial Traffic - Charges Laid
Category of crime Total
Seat Belt Charges 129
Intersection Charges 73
Speeding Charges 1087
Hand-Held Device Charges 45
Other Motor Vehicle Act Charges 668
Driving While Disqualified 43
Total Provincial Traffic Charges Laid 2045
Criminal Traffic- Charges Laid
Category of crime Total
Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle 9
Impaired Operation Over 80 mg 47
Impaired Care and Control of Motor Vehicle 12
Dangerous Driving 11
Prohibited Driving 10
Impaired Operation by Drug 6
Total Criminal Traffic Charges Laid 95
Other Criminal Code - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Frauds 54
Offensive Weapons 7
Moral Offences 6
General Criminal Code 220
Total Other Criminal Code 287

Prince District Overview 2015-2016

Staff Sergeant Ken Spenceley
Prince District Commander

Prince District RCMP is comprised of East and West Prince Detachments with East Prince Detachment and Prince District Headquarters co-located in North Bedeque. West Prince Detachment is located in Rosebank, near the community of Alberton. Policing services are strategically delivered from these locations through a four-watch system with a team leader in charge of each watch.

Prince District provides policing services to a large number of communities over an extensive geographic area across Prince County and also a portion of Queens County. With the exception of the municipalities of Summerside and Kensington, approximately 30,000 citizens are policed by the District. Four communities: Borden-Carleton, O'Leary, Alberton and Tignish have Enhanced Service Agreements with the RCMP and a Community Tripartite Agreement also exists with Lennox Island First Nation whereby a police officer is assigned to full-time duty within that community. The Province of Prince Edward Island is contracted through Transport Canada to provide policing service to the Confederation Bridge which is also delivered by Prince District personnel. A Provincial Youth Outreach Worker is physically located at the West Prince Detachment and provides support and assistance to all Prince District members.

The 2015-2016 fiscal year in Prince District saw policing objectives designed to address the identified priorities and needs of Islanders. Key priorities included contributing to road safety with a focus on deterring and apprehending impaired drivers, disrupting organized crime specifically involving the trafficking and abuse of drugs, and contributing to the safety of families, youth, and seniors through public awareness initiatives.

Comprehensive, thorough and successful investigations are a key objective for every police service. This past year saw the investigation of a serious occurrence involving the victimization of an Alberton resident being brought to a successful resolution with charges being laid against an adult and a youth. Solving a crime of this nature which impacted a member of the community is an example of a positive outcome that all RCMP employees strive for in their daily work.

Reducing instances of impaired driving through education and enforcement initiatives continued to be a top priority. Members of the general public frequently played a role by calling to report erratic driving. These calls do more than notify the police that an offence may be occurring; they demonstrate to all members of the community that impaired driving is not acceptable and must cease. Public awareness initiatives that included road signage and media messaging have played an important role in combatting this perennial threat to public safety. Strong enforcement efforts will continue to minimize the impact of impaired driving.

Prince District RCMP continued to tackle the issue of drug trafficking and abuse, which has an impact on everyone. The joint forces Street-Level Drug Unit (SLDU) is comprised of RCMP and Summerside Police Services police officers, and this past year expanded to include Kensington Police Services. This unit played a key role in the successful targeting of drug traffickers through integrated intelligence gathering and sharing.Those participating in drug trafficking, as well as groups they associate with, remained a focal point in 2015-2016. The SLDU played a key role in reducing the supply of drugs to communities across the Island, which had a direct impact on organized crime.

Community Policing in Prince District

This past year saw a number of special events that were large draws to the area. The Summerside Airshow held at Slemon Park, the Rock the Boat Music Festival at Green Park near Tyne Valley, and the 35th Anniversary Terry Fox Run held on the Confederation Bridge involved significant operational planning and deployment of RCMP resources. From a policing perspective, these major events were very successful and are examples of supplementary public safety and public order services that employees routinely deliver.

Prince District police officers work diligently to ensure communities are safe. They are directly supported by public servants who are often the face of the RCMP in responding to enquiries and providing assistance to the public at the detachment. Prince District employees are committed to providing excellent service to the public and we look forward to continued success in addressing the needs of the diverse communities we serve.

Kings District Commander, S/Sgt. Kevin Baillie, presents Awards of Distinction to PS Tami Dunphy, PS AJ MacFarlane, and PS Darlene McCarthy.

Cpl. Jerrie MacLeod and Cpl. Al Vincent with Therin Ellis, O'Leary's last Second World War Veteran.

Queens District attending the 2015 Stratford Remembrance Day Ceremony.

Prince District RCMP 2015-2016

Crimes Against Persons - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Homicides 0
Robbery 1
Harassment 40
Uttering Threats 56
Assaults (excluding sexual assaults) 105
Sexual Assaults 37
Sexual Offences Against Persons 0
Kidnapping/Hostage/Abduction 2
Other Crimes Against Persons 9
Total Crimes Against Persons 250
Crimes Against Property - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Theft Under $5,000 113
Theft Over $5,000 5
Theft of Motor Vehicle 24
Theft from Motor Vehicle 44
Shoplifting 16
Possession of Stolen Property 6
Break and Enter 95
Arson 24
Mischief to Property 262
Other Crimes Against Property 0
Total crimes against property 589
Provincial Statutes - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Provincial (Excluding Traffic) 31
Liquor Act 70
Total Provincial Statutes 101
Traffic - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Fatal Traffic Collisions 12
Non-Fatal Injury Traffic Collisions 65
Traffic Collisions - Property Damage 182
Total Traffic 259
Provincial Traffic - Charges Laid
Category of crime Total
Seat Belt Charges 57
Intersection Charges 8
Speeding Charges 518
Hand-Held Device Charges 23
Other Motor Vehicle Act Charges 308
Driving While Disqualified 40
Total Provincial Traffic Charges Laid 954
Criminal Traffic - Charges Laid
Category of crime Total
Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3
Impaired Operation Over 80 mg 27
Impaired Care and Control of Motor Vehicle 12
Dangerous Driving 8
Prohibited Driving 12
Impaired Operation by Drug 2
Total Criminal Traffic Charges Laid 64
Other Criminal Code - Actual Calls for Service
Category of crime Total
Frauds 56
Offensive Weapons 4
Moral Offences 4
General Criminal Code 153
Total Other Criminal Code 217
CMP Establishment March 31, 2016
Regular Member Civilian Member Public Service Employee
Provincial Policing 100 14 18
Federal Policing 23 3 3
Municipal Policing 10 0 2
Aboriginal Policing 2 0 0
Division Administration 5 6 12
Totals 140 23 35
Salaries, Operational and Maintenance CostsFootnote 1
Federal and International Operations  $2,712,387
Community, Contract and Aboriginal Policing
Provincial/Territorial Policing  $14,731,090
Municipal Policing  $1,179,071
Aboriginal Policing $205,593
Internal Services  $2,088,101
TOTAL $20,916,242
Capital Funds, Infrastructure and ConstructionFootnote 2
Federal and International Operations
Community, Contract and Aboriginal Policing
Provincial/Territorial Policing
Municipal Policing
Aboriginal Policing
$376,321
Internal Services $303,216
TOTAL $679,537

Notes:

Specialized Support Services

Island RCMP Tactical Troop (Public Order Unit)

The Tactical Troop performing training exercises.

The Prince Edward Island Tactical Troop is an integrated team comprised of RCMP, Summerside and Charlottetown Police Services members that work jointly with the Tactical Troop based in Nova Scotia. When combined, the troop has approximately 100 members.

The Tactical Troop provides a flexible, emergency-oriented, structured team that can be mobilized in an expedient and coordinated manner. The Troop is able to assist with crowd control and crowd management for major events such as the Olympics, and G8/G20 Summits; major investigations (i.e., in the execution of search warrants); natural disasters and major incidents; missing persons search teams; scene security (VIP visits, crime scenes); cell extraction at correctional facilities and disaster and incident as well as counter-terrorism responses.

Emergency Response Team

The Emergency Response Team (ERT) currently consists of a total of seven positions, including RCMP, Summerside and Charlottetown Police Services members. This unit is called upon when situations have escalated, or have the potential to escalate, beyond the means of general duty or front-line members. Examples include, but are not limited to: incidents involving armed and barricaded persons, high-risk searches and arrests, VIP and witness protection duties, covert surveillance and intelligence gathering, rural tracking operations and assisting Tactical Troops. In order to fulfill these tasks, highly specialized weapons and equipment are required.

ERT members are required to achieve and maintain a high standard of physical fitness and proficiency with a number of weapons and tactical manoeuvers. Each member of the team must pass a rigorous five-week RCMP certification course in Ottawa followed by monthly training sessions within the province and in joint exercises with neighbouring provinces to provide mutual support when required. The P.E.I. team has been requested to assist in New Brunswick on a number of occasions, with the most notable case being the tragic events in Moncton in June 2014, when three RCMP members were murdered. ERT played a key role in the containment and search for the individual who had committed these murders.

Critical Incident Command

A Critical Incident refers to an event or series of events that require a specialized and coordinated response. Typically, these are high risk situations such as hostage takings, barricaded persons and suicidal persons that have the potential to harm others or are looking for the police to take their lives. In these situations, a qualified Critical Incident Commander (CIC) takes command of the scene and directs resources.

Within Island RCMP, there are currently four qualified and accredited Critical Incident Commanders. Each Commander must complete the Critical Incident Commander training at the Canadian Police College, complete a mentorship program, participate in a minimum of one critical incident and/or scenario annually, and maintain a standardized résumé identifying his/her experience and training. On average, CICs in P.E.I. are called out an average of four to five times per year within the province.

Ground Search and Rescue

Pictured left to right: PEIGSAR volunteers John Toner and Heather Pringle demonstrate how the RF receiver works to locate a missing Project Lifesaver client. Also present are PEIGSAR volunteer Austin Perry and Cpl. Al Vincent, the Prince District RCMP PEIGSAR liaison.

Prince Edward Island Ground Search and Rescue (PEIGSAR) is a non-profit organization that is comprised of approximately 95 professionally trained volunteers from across Prince Edward Island. These individuals are committed and available to respond to calls for lost or missing persons 24/7.

In 2015, members of PEIGSAR responded to a total of six incidents, participated in 38 training exercises and provided assistance at 55 different public events across the province. In order to retain the skills required, a number of training exercises are conducted throughout the year in the areas of lost person behavior, search management, search techniques, map and compass as well as recertification in First Aid. This past year saw a number of members become certified in Wilderness Remote First Aid and First Responder training. Due to the standardized training that is provided, members of PEIGSAR were called to assist the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization and GSAR teams in a search for a male who had been missing for several days. This search ended successfully with locating the missing person, and was an excellent example of the strong partnerships that exist between the various stakeholder agencies which allowed for the best possible outcome.

Additional information may be found at Prince Edward Island Ground Search and Rescue.

RCMP Prince Edward Island Veterans' Association

Police and Peace Officer's Memorial, 2015.

On October 18, 1978, four retired members met to propose the formation of a P.E.I. division of the RCMP Veterans' Association. On October 20, 1978, at a joint meeting with the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Divisions, the National President presented a charter to the P.E.I. Division which held its first meeting on November 9, 1978. The Mission of the RCMP Veterans' Association is: "The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veterans' Association, proud of our traditions, commits to promote the physical, social and economic welfare of former members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their immediate families and to be of service to our communities and Canada when required or requested through rendering assistance to the Police, especially the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, in matters of common concern."

The P.E.I. Division currently has 65 active members, 18 life members, 30 associate members, one Honourary life member, and the Commanding Officer of "L" Division as the Honourary President of the P.E.I. Division. It holds seven business meetings each year, an annual social event in each county, a lobster dinner, an annual golf event, and an annual Christmas dinner.

The P.E.I. Division hosted the Association's convention format annual general meetings in 1989 and 2003 and is scheduled to host the first scaled down annual general meeting in 2017 at the Holman Grand Hotel. The P.E.I. Division has been an active participant in the Police and Peace Officers' Memorial Service and led the organization of the 2015 event. Members of the P.E.I. Division participate in many of the Remembrance Day ceremonies held in communities throughout P.E.I. by laying wreaths at cenotaphs and participating in the associated ceremonies. Members of the P.E.I. Division locate grave sites of deceased members, inspect the sites annually, and report the condition of the gravesites to "L" Division which funds the inspection process and any necessary remedial action. There are currently over 100 such sites on P.E.I. and all are GPS tagged, recorded on the Division's web site, a national RCMP graves web site, and in the Provincial Archives. The P.E.I. Division enjoys an excellent relationship with the serving members of "L" Division and members are included in "L" Division awards ceremonies and social functions.

"L" Division is a term which signifies the RCMP in the Province of Prince Edward Island.

Your Island RCMP

Proud to serve the residents of Prince Edward Island

Mission

The RCMP is Canada's national police service. Proud of our traditions and confident in meeting future challenges, we commit to preserve the peace, uphold the law and provide quality service in partnership with our communities.

Vision

We will be a progressive, proactive and innovative organization; provide the highest quality service through dynamic leadership, education and technology in partnership with the diverse communities we serve; be accountable and efficient through shared decision-making; ensure a healthy work environment that encourages team building, open communication and mutual respect; promote safe communities; and demonstrate leadership in the pursuit of excellence.

Core Values

Recognizing the dedication of all employees, we will create and maintain an environment of individual safety, well-being and development. We are guided by integrity, honesty, professionalism, compassion, respect and accountability.

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