Outlaw motorcycle gang prevention discussed

Government is working with police and community members to discourage outlaw motorcycle gangs from setting up in Prince Edward Island.

Outlaw motorcycle gangs in other provinces operate a variety of criminal enterprises that put community safety at risk. Premier Wade MacLauchlan met with the RCMP, municipal police services, first responders, and community members to discuss outlaw motorcycle gangs and discuss two resolutions for an integrated approach to these gangs.

“I will be directing my department to explore legislative options to deter outlaw motorcycle gangs in Prince Edward Island,” said the premier, who is minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General. “We will look at legislative and regulatory amendments banning gang colours in bars, making the construction of fortified buildings illegal, and regulating the sale of body armour.”

Police have observed increases in the presence of outlaw motorcycle gangs in Atlantic Canada. This is a concern for public safety and presents challenges for police services and first responders.

Criminal Intelligence Service PEI (CISPEI), in collaboration with its many partners, is leading a coordinated strategy to deter the growth of outlaw motorcycle gangs in PEI and is collaborating with similar operations in the Atlantic Canada and nationally. All Island police services are working together to maintain comprehensive Island-wide intelligence on activities of gangs in the province and taking steps to deter criminal activity.

"Outlaw motorcycle gangs are associated with criminal activities," said RCMP Cpl. Andy Cook, who is the provincial outlaw motorcycle gang coordinator. "Citizens and businesses need to be aware of the threats associated to organized crime and outlaw motorcycle gangs. Purchasing their support gear, accepting charitable donations from these types of organizations or frequenting their clubhouses amounts to supporting their illegal activities."

If you would like to report illegal activity, get in touch with your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can provide information to PEI Crime Stoppers by:

phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS);
or text to 274637 (CRIMES) and text 'TIP162' plus your message.

If your tip leads to a conviction, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Proposed resolutions to deter outlaw motorcycle gangs in Prince Edward Island

Resolution One -
PEI resolves to take whatever legal steps may be necessary to combat the proliferation of outlaw motorcycle gangs involved in criminal activities, including encouraging the reporting of criminal activities to law enforcement agencies or Crime Stoppers, and including consideration of relevant legislative amendments designed to reduce illegal activities.

Resolution Two -
PEI resolves to limit any public or financial support being shown, by any means, to members of outlaw motorcycle gangs involved in criminal activities, as their activities and influence are detrimental to the safety and well-being of Islanders.

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Media contact:
Katie MacDonald
Department of Justice and Public Safety

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