Summerside Police Chief Dave Poirier is banking on people's generosity to get him out of the locked vehicle. ((CBC))

The Summerside police chief locked himself in a police van Saturday at 9 a.m., planning to stay there until the van is filled with new toys and food donations.

The van was set up inside Credit Union Place as the part of the first annual Cops for Christmas Food & Toy Drive.

Chief Dave Poirier hoped the generosity of Islanders would mean he wouldn't be in the van for too many hours.

“I have promised to stay there, locked inside for some of it — but I promised to stay there until the van is filled with the items we need. I suspect it won't take long to fill. Even if the van is full, we'll stay a little longer than we have to because there is definitely a need,” he said.

Poirier was right, it only took about five hours to stuff the van with donations.

The donations were then taken to the Salvation Army for distribution.