November 14, 2018

The Police (Regional Policing) Amendment Act Introduced

The Government of Saskatchewan continues to implement measures that will help address rural crime in the province. The Police (Regional Policing) Amendment Act represents an ongoing commitment to enhance rural policing in the province.

In particular, this Bill will update The Police Act, 1990 to allow rural municipalities, and other municipalities with populations under 500, to join regional police services.

“The safety of Saskatchewan communities and families is a priority for our government,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “These changes will help provide municipalities with an additional option to address the issues of rural crime.”

Although the Act currently allows for the establishment of regional police services, rural municipalities are not permitted to take part in regional policing arrangements, except in limited circumstances.  Adding rural municipalities to the regional policing provisions will provide an opportunity to explore new policing models in the province that focus specifically on the safety of rural citizens.

Pursuing regional policing in Saskatchewan was a recommendation made by the Caucus Committee on Rural Crime.