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Municipal Police Officers and Chiefs of Municipal Police Services


To resolve a complaint about a municipal police officer:

  • You can speak with the police officer's supervisor to try to resolve the issue.

  • Another option is to make a written complaint under the Police Act.  You must write out your complaint, sign it and send the complaint to the chief of the police service where the officer works.  You must ensure the complaint is received by the chief of the police service within six months of the incident.  There are three municipal police services on Prince Edward Island:  Charlottetown, Summerside and Kensington.  The chief will review your complaint and attempt to resolve it.

  • Please note, a complaint under the Police Act must relate to conduct which occurred after the Act was proclaimed on March 13th, 2010.


To resolve a complaint about a chief of a municipal police service:


  • You can contact the chief administrator of the municipality where the chief works to try to resolve the issue.

  • Another option is to make a written complaint under the Police Act.  To do so, send your complaint to the Manager, Office of the Police Commissioner.  You must write out your complaint, sign it and ensure the complaint is received be the Manager, Office of the Police Commissioner, within six months of the incident.

  • Please note, a complaint under the Police Act must relate to conduct which occurred after the Act was proclaimed on March 13th, 2010.


Who can make a complaint against a municipal police officer or a chief of a municipal police service?

  • Anyone who is eighteen years of age and over and has been directly affected by the conduct of a municipal police officer or a chief of a municipal police service can make a complaint. 

  • A parent or guardian may file a complaint on behalf of a person who is under the age of 18. 

  • Where the person directly affected by the conduct of the municipal police officer or a chief of a municipal police service is mentally incompetent, a parent or guardian may make a complaint on the person's behalf.


What type of behaviour can be the basis of a complaint filed under the Police Act?

  • If you have reasonable grounds for believing the conduct of a municipal police officer or a chief of a municipal police service goes against the Code of Professional Conduct and Discipline, you may file a complaint.


For additional information, please read the brochure for filing a complaint against municipal police officers and chiefs of municipal police service.

You can also consult a copy of the French language version of the brochure.


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