Constructing on the Physique Worn Digicam rollout final yr, the Saskatoon Police Service might be doubling the quantity from 40 to 80 this yr. The 2023 finances for the Police Service allotted $182,000 for the 40 cameras and related tools and licensing prices. That’s simply one of many 120 objects listed within the Police Service’s Enterprise Plan which was introduced to the Board of Police Commissioners this afternoon (Thurs.)
Different key actions highlighted by the Govt Director of the Police Service, Michele Arscott, embrace elevated use of knowledge and analytics to make sure a extra centered strategy on offenders and places, researching and implementing a complete Crime Gun Technique, and creating and implementing a Cyber Technique to scale back on-line fraud and cyber crimes. On the restorative justice facet, one other a part of the plan is to search out options for offenders with minimal legal historical past to allow them to nonetheless settle for the accountability for a criminal offense, however with out going to courtroom.
As properly on the assembly, the Board permitted preserving Chief Troy Cooper on for a number of extra years. He started as Saskatoon’s Police Chief on January eleventh of 2018 and his contract continues till the top of February this yr. Mayor Charlie Clark, who is without doubt one of the commissioners on the board, says Cooper has been efficient in his place and has been by what has been a really difficult few years, globally. He suggests Cooper has the correct persona, the strategy, the community-mindedness and the strategic acumen for the job. Cooper’s new contract begins March 1st and runs till the top of 2025.