“Community Safety in Our Neighbourhoods”

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners, in its role as a conduit between the public and the Saskatoon Police Service, is hosting a Community Consultation focusing on:

  • Crime and community safety in our neighbourhoods, and

  • Strategies being used by city-wide and community-based groups to enhance community safety.

DATE: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm

WHERE: Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, 19th Street and Avenue B (map)

Members of the public are invited to attend and participate, and the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners will be at the discussion tables to hear directly from YOU and your organizations on these issues.

The Agenda:

1. Presentation from 3 Community Associations with a focus on:

  • What are each of them seeing as trends and key issues in crime and community safety in their own areas?

  • What specific actions and initiatives does each community association undertake to address crime and enhance community safety?

Table discussions on the following questions:

  • What are the trends and key issues that you see in your own neighbourhood or area or community?

  • What specific things does your group / your community association / your neighbourhood do to address crime and enhance community safety?

2. Presentation from the Safe Community Action Alliance.

3. Presentation on Saskatoon Police Service Strategic Plan:

  • Why is the Saskatoon Police Service developing a long term strategic plan and why does it matter to residents of Saskatoon?

  • What are the primary components of the Strategic Plan to date that is being developed by the Saskatoon Police Service?

Table discussions on the following questions:

  • What key things / initiatives / trends does the Saskatoon Police Service need to ensure are included in its long-term strategic plan that will address crime and enhance community safety?

  • What would your group / neighbourhood / association be willing to do to help the police service increase community safety?

Notes will be captured from all “Table Discussions” (what was said, not who said it) and compiled for distribution back to all invited groups. This “catalogue of best practices” is intended to provide all of the 100+ invited groups with ideas and initiatives from across the city to address community safety.


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.