POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 21 PANS in the community From left, Coun. Kevin Ramsay, chair of the Charlottetown Youth Retention Advisory Board; Zac Murphy, member of the Youth Retention Advisory Board; Const. Trevor Monaghan, Charlottetown Police Services; and Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee pose with the signage for eWatch Safe Exchange Zone. As originally published in The Guardian, March 23, 2017 Club honours police officer Const. Tim Keizer of the Charlottetown Police Services, second from left, holds up his 2017 Vocational Service Award presented by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. Pictured with Keizer are from left, Vocational Service Committee chairman Tom Clark, Charlottetown Police Services Deputy Chief Brad McConnell, and Rotary Club of Hillsborough president Dawn Alan. As originally published in The Guardian - September 29, 2016 Newcomer orientation Monilola Idowu looks on while Cost. Ron Kennedy places a sticker on her son, David Idowu, at the recent City of Charlottetown newcomer orientation at City Hall. Idowu and her family settled in Charlottetown a few months ago and are originally from Nigeria. The next newcomer orientation session will take place on Thursday, October 20, from 5:00 to 7:15 p.m. To learn more about this initiative, contact the city at 902-566-5548 or visit Charlottetown Police Services has created what it is calling a "safe exchange zone" for people buying or selling items from online ads on sites like Kijiji and Facebook shop-and-swap groups. The eWatch Safe Exchange Zone is located in a well-lit, high-traffic area in front of the police station at 10 Kirkwood Dr., and consists of two parking spaces, signage and 24-hour video surveillance. The idea came from the city’s Youth Retention Advisory Board, and was one of the recommendations in the board’s report to city council in October. "People aren’t always comfortable with someone going to their home or going to a stranger’s home if they are selling or buying something online," said board member Zac Murphy. "This gives people another option when it comes to completing those types of transactions and, hopefully, it will make them feel more comfortable in doing so. Our hope is that it will make an impact at minimal cost to the public." The eWatch zone is available every day to anyone conducting legal online transactions, although parking will be limited until after 4 p.m. and on weekends. Though the police won’t be getting involved in the transactions or verifying the authenticity of items, they are at least nearby in case something happens. "We’re not guaranteeing that people will be happy with the product they buy nor are we taking on any liability for the transactions that will be conducted in this space, but we will be a presence and we will be near to help people feel safer when making transactions," said police Chief Paul Smith. For more information on the Youth Retention Report, visit The eWatch Safe Exchange Zone will be located outside Charlottetown Police Services A safe place to swap online purchases As originally published in The Guardian - February 4, 2017