April 18, 2019

Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network Expanded Province-Wide

The Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network is expanding to include central and northern Saskatchewan.  The network allows RCMP detachment commanders to send text messages, emails or phone calls to residents with information about criminal activity in their area.  Residents can then contact the police with tips related to the advisory.

The Government of Saskatchewan is providing approximately $50,000 for the RCMP to operate the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network.

“People are the eyes and ears of a community,” Battlefords MLA Herb Cox said on behalf of Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell.  “Every new person who signs up for the program boosts the reach of the network, allowing the RCMP to more effectively communicate with rural residents about crime in their area.”

The crime watch network was initially launched in March in southern Saskatchewan.  Since then, people across the province have expressed interest in the program.

“This now wide-reaching network, coupled with our existing crime prevention programs and strategies, has created an environment where we are all able to contribute to community safety,” Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer Assistant Commissioner Mark Fisher said.

“SARM is encouraged by the expansion of the Crime Watch Advisory Network,” Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities President Ray Orb said.  “Crime prevention is key in ensuring our rural communities are a safe place to call home, and it takes all of us working together to do that.”

“Expanding the advisory network means residents in all of our hometowns can now sign up and receive reliable information directly from the RCMP,” Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association President Gordon Barnhart said.  “With the information at their fingertips, residents can help reduce opportunities for crime, increasing the safety in our hometowns.”

Visit www.saskcrimewatch.ca to sign up for the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network.