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Non-emergency Police Phone Numbers

  • Charlottetown Police Department: 902-629-4172
  • Summerside Police Department: 902-432-1210
  • Kensington Police Department: 902-836-4499
  • University of PEI Police Services: 902-566-0384
  • Queens District RCMP (Charlottetown):
    902-368-9300, after hours: 902-566-7112
  • East Prince RCMP Detachment (Summerside): 902-432-9300
  • West Prince RCMP Detachment (Alberton): 902-853-9300
  • Cavendish RCMP Detachment: 902-963-9300
    (summer months only)
  • Montague RCMP Detachment: 902-838-9300
  • Souris RCMP Detachment: 902-687-9300

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Online Guide for Newcomers to Prince Edward Island - Canada

Police

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In Canada both men and women can serve as police officers, and they should be treated with equal respect.

In Canada, the police officers work to enforce the laws, keep the order and peace in communities, and protect the general public. Everyone should expect honesty and fairness from the police.

Law Enforcement in Canada and PEI

In Canada there are three levels of police services: municipal, provincial and federal. All but three provinces, PEI included, contract out the provincial law enforcement responsibility to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the national police service.

In PEI, Charlottetown, Summerside, and Kensington have their own police departments. The rest of the province is policed by the RCMP.

Sheriffs' offices in Canada are primarily concerned with court services such as security in and around the courts, post-arrest prisoner transfer, serving legal processes, fine collection etc.

Security guards do not necessarily enforce the law. They are usually hired to protect a property and make sure nobody gets injured on that property. Sometimes they do have extended duties. For example, the security officers at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) handle parking regulations and enforcement, operate emergency phone numbers, etc. They are also authorized to conduct criminal investigations on campus.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The image of RCMP officers (also known as 'Mounties') in their dress uniforms has become one of the most recognizable symbols of Canada.

Community Policing

The police are accountable to the public, but they cannot keep communities safe and free of crime on their own. They need cooperation from the people in the communities that they serve.

For this reason the police services in Canada often use a community policing approach to their work. This means that they collaborate with the residents of a specific community to prevent crimes and deal with safety issues. Police do this by setting up committees and neighbourhood watches, working with community organizations like Crime Stoppers and Child Find, and educating the public.

If you are Stopped, Questioned or Arrested by the Police

If you find yourself in a situation where you are stopped or questioned by a police officer, you should:

  • Address the police officer properly by calling him or her 'officer'.
  • Accept the police officer's authority -- do not argue.
  • Be ready to show your identification if the officer asks you for it. If you are stopped by the police while driving a vehicle, the officer will probably ask you for your driver's licence, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration.
  • Only tell the officer the facts about what has happened. Do not offer your own opinion.
  • Never try to bribe a police officer by offering money or other things in order to get out of being fined or arrested. This is a serious crime and you could get in even more trouble.
Note
  • Police officers in Canada are not authorized to take money from offenders. If you have to pay a fine, you will be given a ticket and pay at a specified location. If a police officer asks you for money, do not pay. As soon as this happens, you should report it to their supervisor.
  • If you are arrested, you have the right not to answer any questions, other than stating your name and address, until a lawyer is present or you have talked to a lawyer. The right to have a lawyer present after arrest does not extend to the police interrogation room.

If the police arrest you, they must:

  • tell you who they are and show you their badge number
  • explain why they are arresting you and tell you what your rights are
  • allow you to call a lawyer right away -- If you do not have a lawyer, they must give you the phone book to find one or the Legal Aid telephone numbers and let you call.

Police Emergencies

If you are witnessing a life-threatening situation or another situation that needs immediate police intervention, call '911' for help. An emergency to which the police should respond could be a:

  • car accident
  • break-in
  • physical violence
  • threats
  • murder

If you need to contact the police to report a crime which does not constitute an emergency, or to get information related to law enforcement, you can call the police non-emergency phone number. [See Related Resources]