|Saskatoon Police Get Money from Province|
|Written by Jared Linnen|
|Friday, 26 April 2013 11:04|
Targeted Police Initiatives for Saskatoon Police are getting a boost from the province.
The Police Service is getting $4.3 million for crime reduction efforts in programs such as the Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Plan Program, the Organized and Serious Crimes Task Force Program, the Missing Persons Task Force Program, Child Sexual Exploitation Program, and the Enhanced Investigative Policing Program.
Police Chief Clive Weighill says the extra money insures an adequate amount of officers and surveillance are in place to continue to reduce Saskatoon's crime rate. He says organized crime investigations are very expensive and more funding is important as a growing city usually means a growing potential for crime.
Weighill talked about the Combined Forces Special Investigative Unit, where they work on gang activity and the drug trade in the city. For instance, he says the last six drug takedowns have involved groups from outside of the city. He says they need that targeted enforcement to get involved in those issues, and that's where they are being successful.
Weighill says the overall crime rate in Saskatoon has dropped by approximately 30 percent in the past 10 years, and Targeted Police Initiatives are a main reason.
He says the extra funding from the province will go towards wages for people who work in those targeted police Initiatives.
|Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 19:10|