Ex­tra boots on ground

Char­lot­te­town Po­lice Ser­vices will have an in­creased pres­ence this sum­mer

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There will be a heav­ier po­lice pres­ence in Char­lot­te­town this sum­mer.

Char­lot­te­town Po­lice Ser­vices is in the process of adding cadets from the At­lantic Po­lice Academy as well as other ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cers.

Po­lice Chief Paul Smith told city coun­cil that they’re look­ing at an ad­di­tional 16 of­fi­cers on pa­trol but those num­bers haven’t been fi­nal­ized yet. That ex­tra help also serves to cush­ion the loss of full-time of­fi­cers to sum­mer va­ca­tion.

As of re­cently, it looked like six cadets from the academy and nine con­sta­bles.

It will cost city taxpayers in the ball­park of $140,000 to bring in the ex­tra bod­ies. That num­ber could reach $155,000 if civil­ian staff have to be brought in to fill va­can­cies caused by sum­mer va­ca­tion.

Smith said the city force had 21 sum­mer hires last year.

“Those are ac­tual cadets that will be do­ing on-the-job train­ing with us,’’ said Deputy Po­lice Chief Gary McGuigan.

Each cadet will be paired with an ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cer. It will al­low the force to step up pa­trols, both in ve­hi­cles and on foot and it could mean more bi­cy­cle pa­trols.

Bob Do­iron and Terry MacLeod, city coun­cil­lors who rep­re­sent the Sher­wood and Park­dale neigh­bour­hoods re­spec­tively, don’t want to see all the at­ten­tion go to the down­town area.

“There are a num­ber of res­i­dents con­cerned about speed­ing in the area,’’ Do­iron said. “Mo­torists will cut through side streets like Fairview, Cen­ten­nial and Har­ley to try and avoid the (traf­fic) lights.’’

MacLeod echoed those con­cerns.

“Speed­ing is a big is­sue,’’ MacLeod said.

“Park­dale has be­come quite a cut-through area. Right from Esher Street out to St. Pius peo­ple are com­plain­ing about the speed­ing.’’

Other con­cerns in­clude loud mo­tor­cy­cles and heavy truck traf­fic not fol­low­ing the des­ig­nated route.

Coun. Jason Coady, chair­man of the pro­tec­tive ser­vices com­mit­tee, said po­lice are meet­ing with me­chan­ics around the city to re­mind them of the noise by­laws. High­way safety of­fi­cers with the province will also be keep­ing an eye, and their ears, out.

“In terms of speed­ing through Sher­wood and Park­dale, when the (pro­tec­tive ser­vices) com­mit­tee meets that will be on the agenda,’’ Coady said. “We’ll try to come up with some sort of strat­egy.’’

MacLeod

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