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The position of Sergeant-At-Arms is part of the Office of the Legislative Assembly, and is steeped in parliamentary tradition. The position originated in the early years of the British Parliament, when mace-bearing members of the Royal bodyguard were assigned to attend the Speaker at sittings of the House of Commons. Today, the Sergeant-At-Arms still carries the Mace into the Assembly, without which the House could not exercise its rights, claim its privilege, or perform its parliamentary functions.

Besides bearing the Mace during the daily procession into the House, the Sergeant-At-Arms is responsible for the security of the Speaker, members, and the Legislative Assembly building. This carries the responsibility of implementing and enforcing the security policies of the Legislative Assembly to provide a safe and secure environment for MLAs and Assembly staff to perform their work duties. During a sitting, the Sergeant-At-Arms has the assistance of the eight-member Legislative Assembly Security Force in the delivery of security services to the Legislative Assembly, Hon. George Coles Building, and J. Angus MacLean Building.

Additional responsibilities include monitoring and maintenance of electronic surveillance equipment, training security personnel, liaising with Charlottetown City Police as required, creating contingency plans for bomb threats and fire evacuation, and providing contact assistance for public demonstrations.
W/O Al J. McDonald
Sergeant-at-Arms and
Director of Security

Brian Weldon
Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms

Office address:
Hon. George Coles Building
175 Richmond Street
Charlottetown

Mailing address:
Coles Building
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 7N8

 

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