In Praise of Richard Collins

Every time there’s a crime, accident, or other matter worthy of police attention in Charlottetown, you can expect to see Deputy Chief of Police Richard Collins on Compass telling the police side of the story.

Richard Collins has very obviously not been to media school. He’s prone to sometimes using the wrong word in the right place, and sometimes he laughs at times when he shouldn’t. He tends to be more honest then he probably should, and then sometimes tries to take it back. In short, he’s not a polished media player. And that’s okay by me: Richard Collins appears on television like a regular everyday person who happens to work for the police department. He’s “one of us” and he approaches interviews, within the bounds of his job, just like that.

It can’t be an easy job, and he does it well. Thanks.


Craig Willson's picture
Craig Willson on December 14, 2002 - 15:07 Permalink

I concur in every way and have taken the opportunity to tell Richard just that. There is a certain comfort when Richard delivers the media message.

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Andrew Chisholm on December 14, 2002 - 18:31 Permalink

I used to see Collins a lot when I was younger. He was always directing the traffic after the fireworks or any big event in the city that caused traffic back up. Collins has always been an officer that stood out, you would see him a lot.

Truly, a peoples cop.

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Rob L. on February 3, 2004 - 18:51 Permalink

I think Richard Collins crossed the line this morning on Island Morning from police spokesperson to something in the realm of political agitator. He’s either angling for more funds to fight the “War On Bootleggers” or he honestly doesn’t believe it’s worth the time and effort.