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April 02, 2012 12:02 ET

Government of Canada and Province of Prince Edward Island Announce PEI's RCMP Policing Contract to Be Renewed

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 2, 2012) - Canada's Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, and Prince Edward Island's Minister of Environment, Labour and Justice, Janice Sherry, today announced that the federal and provincial governments have reached an agreement to renew Prince Edward Island's RCMP policing contract for another 20 years.

"Today is a significant milestone for RCMP Contract Policing," said Minister Toews. "I am very pleased to announce that the Government of Canada and the Province of Prince Edward Island have reached an agreement that will continue the relationship between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the people of PEI for the next two decades."

"I look forward to renewing our partnership with the RCMP," said Janice Sherry, Minister of Environment, Labour and Justice. "The RCMP and its members have always provided excellent policing service to the people of Prince Edward Island."

"Through the new Agreement, PEI will have increased input into issues affecting the cost, quality and standards of Contract Policing before decisions are made at the federal level," said Gail Shea, Regional Minister for Prince Edward Island and Canada's Minister of National Revenue. "In renewing this Agreement for the next 20 years, we have collectively set the stage for a modernized police service model that will continue to be respected around the world."

The Government of Canada negotiated with all contract provinces and territories for almost four years to arrive at an Agreement that addresses the interests of all parties. The new Agreement addresses key issues raised by the provinces and territories, including governance, accountability, program sustainability and cost containment. At the same time, it will ensure that communities continue to receive the most efficient, effective and sustainable police services possible.

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