Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners and Saskatoon Police Association Ratify Collective Agreement

The Saskatoon Police Association (SPA) and the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners are pleased to announce the ratification of their collective agreement for the three years from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019.

97% of the members of the Saskatoon Police Association who participated in the ratification process approved the terms of the contract. The SPA represents 509 active members of the Saskatoon Police Service. The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners approved the agreement at its June 14, 2018 meeting.

The agreement contains salary adjustments as follows: 1.30% on January 1, 2017, 1.45% on December 1, 2017, 2.00% on December 1, 2018, and 1.75% on October 1, 2019.

Dean Pringle, President of the SPA stated, “The Saskatoon Police Association is pleased to have reached a negotiated settlement with the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners. It was a lengthy process, but in the end, we feel we reached a fair settlement for our members that is consistent with other police services across the prairies. I would like to thank the Board for participating in the process and avoiding an arbitration hearing. It is always preferable to have the two sides reach a negotiated settlement, as opposed to a third party establishing an award that doesn’t suit either participant.”

Saskatoon Police Commission Chair Darlene Brander added, “The Police Commission is very pleased that the collective agreement has been finalized through the bargaining process. Although this is typically a challenging process, the Commission also appreciates the professionalism with which those involved conducted themselves throughout. We look forward to moving ahead together as we maintain and build on our culture of community safety in Saskatoon.”

Contact:
Saskatoon Police Association President
Dean Pringle at 639-471-8700 or dean.pringle@spassoc.ca

Saskatoon Police Association Communications Director
Dave Larocque at 306-381-7769 or dave.larocque@spassoc.ca

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Chair
Darlene Brander at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Vice-Chair
Carolanne Inglis-McQuay at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Dwight Percy, Consultant to the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners, info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com or 306-222-1361

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Saskatoon Police Commission Issues for the June 14, 2018 Meeting

The following are topics scheduled for the Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m. meeting of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners in Committee Room E at Saskatoon City Hall:

•    “Police And Crisis Team (PACT)” Presentation and Report

•    2017 Annual Report of the “Crime Free Multi Housing”

•    2017 “Evade Police Incident” Final Report

•    “Contact Interview Policy” Report from Saskatchewan Police Commission / Saskatoon Police Service

•    Saskatoon Police Commission “Strategic Plan Summary”

Saskatoon Police Commission spokespersons, Chair Darlene Brander or Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay, will be available immediately after the conclusion of the Public Agenda to provide comments or respond to questions from the media. 

As well, the two Police Commission spokespersons will make their best efforts to be available to address any media questions on the morning following the June 14 Commission Meeting.

Contact: 

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Chair Darlene Brander at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Dwight Percy, Consultant to the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners, info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com or 306-222-1361

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Saskatoon Police Commission Issues for the May 17, 2018 Meeting

The following are among the topics scheduled for the Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m. meeting of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners in Committee Room E at Saskatoon City Hall:

·      Receipt and discussion of the Saskatoon Police Service Operational Review including an overview presentation by report authors Perivale & Taylor,

·      Report and presentation of the Operational Review Implementation Plan by Police Chief Troy Cooper, and

·      Receipt and discussion of the Community Satisfaction Survey on Policing Services.

Saskatoon Police Commission spokespersons, Chair Darlene Brander or Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay, will be available immediately after the conclusion of the Public Agenda to provide comments or respond to questions from the media.  

As well,the two Police Commission spokespersons will make their best efforts to be available to address media questions on the morning following the May 17 Commission Meeting.

 Contact: 

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Chair Darlene Brander at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Dwight Percy, Consultant to the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners, info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com or 306-222-1361

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Saskatoon Police Commission Issues for the April 19, 2018 Meeting

The following topics are scheduled for the Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m. meeting of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners in Committee Room E at Saskatoon City Hall:

·      Saskatoon Police Service Use of Force Report for 2017,

·      Semi-annual Saskatoon Police Service Missing Persons Report as of April 1, 2018, and

·      Saskatoon Police Service Report on the Financial Impact of the Cannabis Act on the Police Service.

Saskatoon Police Commission spokespersons, Chair Darlene Brander or Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay, will be available immediately after the conclusion of the Public Agenda to provide comments or respond to questions from the media. 

 As well, the two Police Commission representatives will make their best efforts to be available to address media questions on the morning following the April 19 Commission Meeting.

Contact: 
Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Chair Darlene Brander at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay at
info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Dwight Percy, Consultant to the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners,
info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com or 306-222-1361

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Issues to be Addressed at March 15 Police Commission Meeting

The following topics and issues are scheduled for the Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m. meeting of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners in Committee Room E at Saskatoon City Hall:

·       Update on the Strengthening Families Program operated by Saskatoon Police Service,
·       2017 Year End Financial Report for Saskatoon Police Service,
·       Representative Workforce at Saskatoon Police Service, and
·       SPS Training Initiatives in the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit

Saskatoon Police Commission spokespersons, Chair Darlene Brander or Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay, will be available immediately after the conclusion of the Public Agenda to provide comments or respond to questions from the media. As well, the two Police Commission representatives will make their best efforts to be available to address media questions on the morning after the March 15, 2018 Commission Meeting.

Additionally, a video of highlights of the Installation Ceremony for Police Chief Troy Cooper is on the Police Commission website at saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Contact:
Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Chair Darlene Brander at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Dwight Percy, Consultant to the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners, info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com or 306-222-1361

 

Troy Cooper Sworn in as New Saskatoon Chief of Police

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners has sworn in Troy Cooper as the new Chief of the Saskatoon Police Service. Chief Cooper assumes his responsibilities effective immediately.

Saskatoon Police Commission Chair Darlene Brander said, “The installation of Troy Cooper as Police Chief today is a highly important element of the Saskatoon Police Commission’s mandate. Our Commission has three strategic roles. One is to provide objective oversight of the Saskatoon Police Service. We accomplished that with the hiring of a highly qualified, and deeply experienced, Police Chief.”

Chair Brander continued, “Our Commission’s second role is to be a conduit between the public and the Saskatoon Police Service. We engaged the public at the outset of the recruitment process by asking what residents and groups wanted in their new Chief of Police. The public told us, and we found those attributes, in Chief Cooper. Thirdly, we have a mandate to operate effectively. And again, Chief Cooper’s history is one of constructive dialogue with the Police Commission with which he has interacted. We are very confident about the ability of our Commission and our Chief to maintain a healthy and productive working relationship.”

Newly installed Saskatoon Police Chief Troy Cooper stated, “I am honored to be sworn in as the new Chief of the Saskatoon Police Service, an organization that leads the public safety industry. It has set the bar for others in terms of responsiveness, transparency and accountability. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of our City, and I am humbled to be a part of the Saskatoon Police Service.”

Chief Cooper was selected as Chief of Police for Saskatoon following a national recruitment campaign that began in September 2017 with a targeted timeline of having the new Police Chief in place in the 1st Quarter of 2018. The recruitment process, which was completed right on schedule, attracted highly qualified candidates. As was stated in January 2018, when Troy Cooper was introduced as Chief-Elect, the Commission was seeking a Chief of Police who is a true community leader, who has exemplary skills in their interaction with the community and has the proven ability to fully engage and motivate an outstanding Police Service. The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners is extremely pleased with the outcome of the recruitment and appointment process.

Contact:
Saskatoon Police Commission Chair Darlene Brander at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com
Saskatoon Police Commission Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com
Dwight Percy, Consultant to the Saskatoon Police Commission, at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com or 306-222-1361

 

Backgrounder on Saskatoon Police Chief Troy Cooper

Saskatoon Police Chief Troy Cooper - Perspectives and Priorities:
“My focus will be on maintaining the ‘professional gold standard’ of the Saskatoon Police Service and ensuring that it remains engaged in, and reflective of, the community it serves.

In order to protect the community, our officers must be safe themselves. Some of our early service review will be to ensure the dangerous elements inherent in policing are properly resourced.

With community support and diverse perspectives we will be well prepared to tackle the current pressures of complex new legislation and the impact of addictive drugs. Our province has seen an increase in weapons, particularly firearms, used by offenders and this risk has to be addressed.

In the last two years we have also faced an increase in addictive drugs and we anticipate this trend to increase as it has in other Western provinces. Root cause enforcement in this area is necessary so that officers are not overburdened by the spinoff effects of addiction.

Finally, we know that policing and public safety is a community effort. Preventing crime and addressing the environment that fosters the development of criminals will require partnerships with health care, social services, community groups and education providers. Community policing is a priority.” - Chief Troy Cooper

Saskatoon Police Chief Troy Cooper - Experience and Qualifications:

  • Chief of Police with the Prince Albert Police Service since 2012.

  • Prior to 2012, served in the following roles with Prince Albert Police Service: Deputy Chief of Police, Inspector in Charge of the Criminal Investigations Unit, Staff Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Detective Corporal and Constable.

  • Education includes: Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Law Enforcement & Security from Charles Sturt University, Bachelor of Professional Arts (BPA) in Criminal Justice from Athabasca University, and Certificate in Police Leadership Administration from Henson College at Dalhousie University.

  • Professional Development includes: Executive Development in Policing Program from Canadian Police College, Senior Police Administration Course from Canadian Police College, Senior Management Institute for Police from Boston College, Media Relations from Canadian Police College, Quality Assurance from Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Major Crimes from Canadian Police College, Criminal Intelligence Course from Criminal Intelligence Service Canada, Commanders Course from Canadian Police College, and Internal Affairs Investigations from Calgary Police / OPP.

  • Recognition and Awards include: Police Exemplary Service Medal, Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General Order of Merit for Police Forces, Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, Sergeant E. Ryan Memorial Award as Police Officer of the Year, and Top Academic Recruit (Class 26) with Saskatchewan Police College.

  • Professional Affiliations and Activities have included: National Police Services’ National Advisory Committee, Saskatchewan Protective Services Advisory Committee, Chair of Saskatchewan Interoperability Interest Group, Co-Chair of Prince Albert HUB and COR Steering Committee, Regional Alcohol Strategy Committee, Prince Albert Youth Outreach Program, and Needle Exchange / HIV Strategy Committee. 

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Saskatoon Police Commission Recap of Key Issues from February 15, 2018 Meeting

Expanded Police Commission:
The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners now consists of seven members with the addition of two civilians, Jo Custead and Kearney Healy. This brings the number of civilian members to four, constituting the majority of the Commission’s membership which is consistent with the practice in most Canadian cities.

Saskatoon Police Service “Care of our Community”:
During the Environmental Scan portion of the meeting, several Commissioners expressed their appreciation to the Saskatoon Police Service for the Service’s dedication to community safety following the release of the verdict in the Gerald Stanley case in North Battleford. Commissioners noted the care and attention paid by the Service that evening as well as during the rallies and marches held subsequently. The Police Service did an outstanding job of ensuring the safety of all members of the public throughout.

Traffic Enforcement Around Saskatoon:
Commissioners are asked on occasion about the Saskatoon Police Service traffic patrols that occur on highways surrounding Saskatoon, and in particular, why SPS resources are being used for this purpose. As reported at the meeting, neither Saskatoon Police Service resources nor local taxation fund this program. It is 100% funded by the provincial government and operated as a joint project between the RCMP and SPS. The results, as the Commissioners heard, are impressive – a decrease in traffic fatalities of more than 50% in the areas covered by this provincially funded traffic patrol initiative.

Commission Meetings in the Community:
Building on its role as a conduit between the public and the Saskatoon Police Service, the Board of Police Commissioners will be holding two of its 2018 meetings at venues outside of City Hall, at locations in the community. The Commission will provide updated information on the locations and format for the two meetings, which are intended to maximize interaction between the Commission and the public.

Contact:
Police Commission Chair Darlene Brander at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com
Police Commission Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com
Dwight Percy, Consultant to the Saskatoon Police Commission, at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com or 306-222-1361

Saskatoon Police Commission Issues for the February 15, 2018 Meeting

The following topics and issues are scheduled for the Thursday, February 15, 2018, 4:00 p.m. meeting of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners.

·       Traffic Safety funding,

·       Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan program report,

·       Board of Police Commissioners Strategic Plan Summary, and

·       Plans for hosting Police Commission meetings in the community.

Saskatoon Police Commission spokespersons, Chair Darlene Brander or Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay, will be available immediately after the conclusion of the Public Agenda to provide comments or respond to questions from the media. 

Please note: The meeting times for the Police Commission are now set for 4:00 p.m. in order to facilitate the full involvement of all Commissioners including those whose work schedules create challenges with mid-day meetings. It is also hoped that members of the public who wish to participate in the open forum portion of each Commission meeting will find the later afternoon meeting schedule more conducive to their involvement.

Given the challenges that may occur for some media outlets with their filing time requirements, the Police Commission representatives (Chair Darlene Brander and Vice-Chair Inglis-McQuay) will make their best efforts to be available to address media questions on the morning after each meeting. Additionally, a new email address (info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com) to reach the Chair / Vice-Chair has been added to facilitate enhanced access for the media.

Contact:

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Chair Darlene Brander at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay at info@saskatoonpolicecommission.com

Dwight Percy, Consultant to the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners, dwight@percycomm.ca or 306-222-1361