Kens­ing­ton to re­ceive dis­patch ser­vices from RCMP

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

The Town of Kens­ing­ton will now re­ceive dis­patch ser­vices from the RCMP.

A mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing, which out­lines the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and ex­pected lev­els of ser­vice, was ap­proved at the lat­est Kens­ing­ton town coun­cil meet­ing.

Chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Ge­off Baker said the town cur­rently uses the City of Sum­mer­side for dis­patch ser­vices.

“There was a new ra­dio ser­vice im­ple­mented by the prov­ince of P.E.I. over the past year or so. It worked a lit­tle bet­ter for us to have that ser­vice pro­vided through the RCMP. It gives us a link so we have the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with the RCMP.”

Baker ex­pects the ser­vice will come into ef­fect by March 1, if not sooner.

There are min­i­mal setup costs in­volved, he said.

“We’re look­ing at some costs as­so­ci­ated with chang­ing over the in­fra­struc­ture — re­lo­cat­ing phones and things of that na­ture — and our tele­phone ser­vice provider would have to be in­volved.”

Baker said res­i­dents will have the same level of ser­vice from the RCMP that was of­fered from the City of Sum­mer­side.

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