As 2016 comes to an end, 620 CKRM Source News sat down with new Regina Police Chief Evan Bray to reflect on the past year.
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Bray was appointed to the position in early October, and has since watched as his team tackled some of Regina’s biggest challenges.
He said an accomplishment standing out in his mind is the work the police service did in a recent high-profile drug bust.
Bray said the new year will bring a fresh mindset when it comes to tackling the city’s drug and firearm issues, especially since Regina’s firearm-related crime statistics skyrocketted in 2016.
Specifically, an increase in firearm seizures, the number of people injured by firearms, along with two deaths attributed to firearms are among the many reasons why Bray feels a crack down is needed.
He added that there’s also been a rise in the amount of fentanyl and crystal meth trafficking in the city as well.
In the new year, Bray said residents can expect police to clamp down more on these problems.
“We will (crack down on drugs and firearms) tenaciously,” said Bray. “I know I speak for our front-line members, for our drug investigators, for the civilians that work for the service — it’s not something we’re going to let our foot off the gas pedal on.”
To deal with the gun problem, Regina police plan to launch a safe firearm seizing program to keep the guns out of the wrong hands.
Aside from the drug and firearm issues, Bray says they plan to re-inforce their commitment to mental health and helping at-risk youth.
He added that the force is also beefing up their wrap-around support for those suffering domestic abuse.
For the full interview with Chief Bray, be sure to tune into 620 CKRM on New Year’s Day.