In early 2016, the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners was asked for input on the street checks issue by the Saskatchewan Police Commission. The provincial Commission is the body that sets out province-wide guidelines and procedures to be followed by local police services.

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners, in its role as a conduit between Saskatoon citizens and police service regulators, undertook a survey of the public on this issue. The response rate was outstanding as more than 150 Saskatoon residents provided their opinions. The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners forwarded each and every response directly to the provincial police commission. 

In so doing, the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners ensured that Saskatoon residents had a direct voice into provincial policy making.

The results can be view in the following pdf.

Creating a Culture of Community Safety

In order to “capture the pulse of the community” on key issues, the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners hosted two Public Consultations in 2015.

The June 16, 2015 Consultation focused on “Creating a Culture of Community Safety”. The two hour event included an overview by Police Chief Clive Weighill, a panel presentation by Saskatoon community groups and facilitated discussions that involved all attendees. Almost 100 residents attended the Consultation with another approximately 200 residents listening in via live streaming. The summary report which contains links to the Consultation videos is available here.

The Public Consultation of October 7, 2015 began with a presentation by Dr. Linda Duxbury of Carleton University, a highly regarded expert in the field of police service models and change management. That was followed by facilitated discussions with attendees on some key questions on which the Police Commission was seeking public input including the number of officers the Police Service should have, the services that should be provided by police and parameters for the Commission’s upcoming Operations Review. More information is available here.