Regina will receive $4.6-million for 39 new officers and Saskatoon will see $4.8-million for 42 officers.
Justice Minister Gord Wyant says the officers will be used in targeted police initiatives such as the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, the Internet Child Exploitation Unit, Enhanced Investigations, Missing Persons, Serious Violent Offender Program, Police and Crisis Team and Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan.
Wyant says he has also been in talks with Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale regarding RCMP deployment and hopes to see some improvement in Saskatchewan’s rural areas.
Meanwhile, the NDP are unhappy with Justice Minister Gord Wyant saying he’s made too many mistakes this session.
Wyant had to correct himself on a bill last week removing requirements for coroner’s inquests.
NDP justice critic Nicole Sarauer says there also seems to be discrepancies around the deputy sheriff positions being cut and the role they play in courthouses.
“It’s really concerning that the minister is confusing his files. These are very, very important issues that we’re talking about, when we’re talking about justice and corrections and policing. Lives are at stake and we need a minister who is completely on top of his files,” said Sarauer.
Wyant says his performance has been “very good” this session.