CHARLOTTETOWN - A review of the Charlottetown police department suggests the force has low morale, is overworked and is not a meaningful part of the community.
The study, produced by Verheul and Associates, says the force is ''increasingly isolated from the community it serves,'' which has resulted in a loss of public confidence.
The report goes on to state that unless there are changes, residents will continue to lose confidence in officers who seem to restrict their contact with the community to ''ticketing binges.''
As well, the review says the force has problems with the Crown attorney's office and the city's police committee, which has an incomplete picture of what the department does.
The study recommends the force get rid of its communications officer and set up downtown mini-stations to deal with rowdy behaviour.
The city commissioned the study last September amid growing demand for police services.