From January 19 to 20, 2018, Onion Lake RCMP conducted an enhanced enforcement effort in their detachment area with assistance from additional General Duty members, Battlefords General Investigation Section (GIS), Police Dog Services (PDS), Emergency Response Team (ERT), and Traffic Services (CTSS) members.
RCMP conducted traffic stops, executed arrest warrants and checked on conditions and curfew breaches. These are some of the results of the enhanced enforcement initiative:
• 172 vehicle stops were made
• 58 summary offence tickets were issued
• 18 arrests were made
• 24 Criminal Code charges were laid
The Onion Lake enforcement initiative is just the latest in a number of such efforts. Over the past several months, the RCMP in Saskatchewan has temporarily redeployed resources on a several occasions to conduct targeted enforcement in response to community safety concerns in locations such as Onion Lake, Turtleford and the Battlefords.
Based on the positive results of these initiatives, the RCMP is establishing a team to enhance and sustain these efforts on an ongoing basis. The Crime Reduction Team will be made up of members with specialized enforcement and investigative skills who are being redeployed to perform these duties.
Based on intelligence, analysis of crime trends and consultation with community leaders, the team will conduct targeted enforcement that may involve any or all of the following: strategic, high visibility patrols; tracking chronic, prolific offenders; tackling street-gang related activity and executing arrest warrants.
“This targeted, high-intensity approach to enforcement and investigation has proven effective in taking drugs, firearms and criminals off the streets of our Saskatchewan communities, making them safer,” says Assistant Commissioner, Curtis Zablocki the Commanding Officer of “F” Division. “Establishing this team will enhance our ongoing response to criminal activity.”
While the team will initially focus on the west-central part of the province, its members will be available to be deployed throughout the Division. The public can expect to see an increased police presence with additional traffic stops and other enforcement activity when the team is deployed.
Enforcement though, is only one aspect of building stronger, safer communities. The Crime Reduction Team, along with our local detachments, will also make it a priority to work closely with our communities and partner agencies to address root causes of crime and develop longer-term solutions to ensuring community safety.
Saskatchewan RCMP will continue to consult with community leaders in all our detachment areas to identify and address local community safety concerns and develop effective crime reduction strategies to meet their unique needs.
Chief Wallace Fox of the Onion Lake Cree Nation says, “On behalf of our leadership and community, we’re very grateful for the ongoing, positive working relationship with RCMP to continue to provide a safe community for our people.”
The RCMP also continues to encourage the public to partner with police on other community safety initiatives, including programs like Rural Crime Watch. When residents act as additional “eyes and ears” for the police, they help keep themselves and their neighbours safer.
Saskatchewan RCMP news release 2018-01-24 3:00 p.m.