Saskatoon’s Police Chief says methamphetamine and the social conditions that lead to crime are his top concerns as he prepares for 2017.
Chief Clive Weighill says meth has become Saskatoon’s biggest crime issue this year. He says they have responded to a number of break and enters, thefts and armed robberies related to methamphetamine.
Weighill believes education is key to preventing people from getting into meth in the first place, especially youth.
Weighill also wants to see the provincial and federal governments commit more to address the social issues that lead to crime.
The police chief says a large marginalized population living in poverty and poor housing is being led into illegal activities because they don’t have a lot of hope for the future.
He suggests building an addictions centre in Saskatoon to help someone when they want to quit.