Crime reduction teams in North Battleford and Prince Albert are in place and fully operational.
The CRT’s staff a total of 18 people, with each team staffing seven full-time members, a crime analyst and a support-admin person.
Inspector Tammy Patterson with the RCMP said the teams were quite busy from September 29th to October 3rd.
“There were 18 (arrest) warrants that were executed in relation to 51 criminal code charges,” Patterson said. “27 arrests in total were made, 25 new criminal code charges were laid, and we did 44 traffic stops, which resulted in four tickets, 21 warnings, and two suspensions being issued.”
Patterson said the teams can be moved throughout the province.
“Their deployments are based on the needs or the trends or if a detachment reaches out and says ‘we have some gang activity’, or ‘we have specific targets that we want to look at apprehending,’ then they’ll go to those communities.”
The RCMP have said the CRT’s are not to replace enforcement across the province, but enhance it.