The Saskatoon Police Service is the gold standard for policing in Saskatchewan.
Troy Cooper, the Chief of the Prince Albert Police Service will be taking over as Saskatoon’s Police Chief on February 28th.
Cooper says reaching out to the community will continue to be a priority as it was with Chief Clive Weighill, to help with prevention of crime and getting to the root of the problem.
At the same time, Cooper says the increase in property crime can’t be ignored in Saskatoon with addictive drugs behind the rise.
The money from these crimes helps to fund street gangs, and the ripple effect is more break-ins, weapons, mental health calls and even gang tag graffiti which can consume police resources.
To get to the heart of the problem, Cooper says they will focus on the root cause.
That means clamping down on chronic offenders and the trafficking of drugs like fentanyl and crystal meth.
Cooper believes police across the country will have extra challenges this year with the changes to legislation on the access to information and with the legalization of marijuana.
That means more resources needed, but the impact isn’t known yet, so it’s difficult to plan or predict.