If you were to ask Regina’s Police Chief what his greatest challenge has been in the year-and-a-half since he assumed the post, Evan Bray would likely tell you it’s illegal drugs.
In his year-end interview with 620 CKRM, Chief Bray says while there are many challenges any police service will face, he believes methamphetamine is the greatest risk to Regina.
“When I talk about drugs in Regina, meth is really the problem,” Chief Bray said to 620 CKRM News Director Christina Cherneskey. “People who are addicted to meth and have a meth problem are using guns, are doing robberies are evading police in stolen cars. They are really a safety risk to our community.”
Bray says illegal drugs like meth have caused police to change the way they operate.
He says at one point, the police service had several different units working independently on various crimes in Regina.
But now Bray says policing in Regina has become far more collaborative.
“But what we see now,” Chief Bray said. “These units are very much tied together. So the Drug Unit, the Gang Unit, the Rapid Response Unit that focuses on firearms — all of that work is interconnected. And more often, they’re in a stolen car while committing more crimes to get more money to buy drugs.”
Chief Bray says he’s proud of the Regina Police Service, adding it ranks well with other police in the nation.
“You could stack our police service against any other police service in Canada,” Chief Bray said. “When it comes to community involvement, I feel like we are right up there. We’re instrumental in working with the Department of Justice to get a community hub set up in Regina, which in 2018 will be fully functioning.”
Chief Bray says drinking and driving ranks very high with the police service.