Saskatoon Police Commission Issues for the March 21, 2019 Meeting

The following topics are on the agenda for the Thursday, March 21 @ 4:00 p.m. meeting of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners in Committee Room E at Saskatoon City Hall:

  • Communication from Premier Moe on funding reduction to Saskatoon Traffic Safety Initiative,

  • Saskatoon Police Service Representative Workforce Report, and

  • Update report on Saskatoon Police Service progress and status with Operational Review.

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 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


Saskatoon Police Commission Issues for the January 24, 2019 Meeting

The following topics are on the agenda for the Thursday, January 24 @ 4:00 p.m. meeting of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners in Committee Room E at Saskatoon City Hall:

·      2019 Approved Saskatoon Police Service Capital Budget,

·      2019 Approved Saskatoon Police Service Operating Budget,

·      2018 Saskatoon Police Service Access and Privacy Unit Report.

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 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

2018 Saskatoon Traffic Safety Initiative Project

The Honourable Scott Moe,
Premier of Saskatchewan Room 226, Legislative Building
2405 Legislative Drive
Regina, SK S4S OB3

Dear Premier Moe:

Re: 2018 Saskatoon Traffic Safety Initiative Project

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners recently received the attached report from the Saskatoon Police Service regarding the 2018 Traffic Safety Initiative. As always, the Commission evaluates information through the lens of "community safety".

The Traffic Safety Initiative is an important component of community safety, and for that reason, the news that the Province of Saskatchewan plans to eliminate the funding for this program is of great concern to the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners.

The program, originally funded through Saskatchewan Government Insurance has worked, and in fact, worked very well.

In 2018, the funding enabled the Saskatoon Police Service to conduct 17 Traffic Safety Initiatives, typically involving 5 to 9 Police Service members, for about 5 hours for each initiative. The locations included high-volume traffic areas as well as additional school zones, over and above what could have taken place without the program. Additionally, some very important time frames were included in the program, such as early September for additional "back to school" enforcement and at Halloween when 30 neighbourhoods received additional traffic safety coverage.

Statistically speaking, the results are compelling. From 2017 to 2018, when the program's financial allocation was increased by 14%, the activity and traffic enforcement interaction level increased by 24%. A leveraged outcome such as this is important to retain.

Members of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners are unanimous in their view that this type of additional enforcement makes our community a safer place —for everyone. The loss of this program, on the other hand, is highly problematic. Because the Traffic Safety Initiative impacts the full cross-section of our community, we have included Saskatoon City Council in the distribution of this communication.

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners feels the cut in funding will negatively impact community safety.

We would like to know if there will be alternative sources of funding for this initiative, when will those plans be communicated? And if such plans are in the works, through which provincial government agency will the program funding be provided?

We look forward to your response and thank you for your consideration, Mr. Premier, of the implications and importance of this program on community safety for all of the residents of Saskatoon.

Yours truly,

Darlene Brander, Chair
Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners

Read the full report (PDF)

2018 Highlights

January 2018: Expanded civilian membership on the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners highlighted its role as a conduit between the public and the Police Service. 

February 2018: Newly appointed Police Chief Troy Cooper was sworn in after a nation-wide, six-month recruitment campaign directed by the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners.

March 2018: SPS progress toward a representative workforce was reviewed by the Police Commission with the goal of ensuring the Police Service reflects the community it serves. 

April 2018: The impact of cannabis legalization on the community, and in particular, community safety was reviewed by the Police Service and the Police Commission.

May 2018: The Commission’s Strategic Plan focuses on three goals: Effective oversight of the Police Service, the Commission being a conduit between the public and the Police Service, and effective Governance practices by the Commission. 

June 2018: A Collective Agreement between the Saskatoon Police Association and the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners was ratified by the Police Commission.

September 2018: Contact Interviews / Street Checks were the topic of communication, to the public from the Commission with feedback from residents as the Police Service prepared a training program to respond to new provincial guidelines. 

October 2018: A highly successful Community Consultation created healthy discussion and dialogue between residents and the Police Commission on four topics: The Safe Community Action Alliance, Legalization of cannabis, De-escalation techniques employed by the Police Service, and Contact Interviews / Street Checks. 

November 2018: Community safety, through SPS and its partnering organizations, such as the Safe Community Action Alliance, remained an area of focused attention for the Police Commission throughout the year.

December 2018: Meeting with SPS Platoons on Christmas Day conveyed the appreciation of the community and the Police Commission when Commissioners Darlene Brander, Carolanne Inglis-McQuay, Charlie Clark and Kearney Healy greeted the officers returning from patrol at a time when most residents were able to be a home with their families.

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Saskatoon Police Commission Issues for the December 13, 2018 Meeting

The following topics are on the agenda for the Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m. meeting of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners in Committee Room E at Saskatoon City Hall:

  • Status of Police Commission in executing its Strategic Plan,

  • Update report on Safe Community Action Alliance,

  • Savings on Police Service training costs arising from new headquarters facilities,

  • Results of City-funded Traffic Safety Initiative.

    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 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

Saskatoon Police Commission Issues for the October 18, 2018 Meeting

The following are topics scheduled for the Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m. meeting of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners in Committee Room E at Saskatoon City Hall:

  • Request from Riversdale Business Improvement District for additional Police Service presence,

  • HUB Community Safety and Wellbeing Report,

  • 2019 Preliminary Police Operating Budget Estimates,

  • 2019 Preliminary Police Capital Budget Estimates.

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 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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