Supt. Craig Gibson will take over command of the force on Prince Edward Island in the fall. (RCMP)

Supt. Craig Gibson has been appointed P.E.I.'s new commanding officer, RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson announced Friday.

Gibson is currently the district policing officer for Southwest Nova, based in New Minas, Nova Scotia. He has 30 years of policing experience, including a stint with the detachment in Alberton, P.E.I., in the late 1980s.

He takes over the position of chief superintendant from Tracy Hardy, who will become the new commanding officer for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Gibson is expected to take over his new duties in the fall.