The Sask Party government is forging ahead with its provincial marshal service.
The province is now looking for a Chief Marshall to run the service.
Once launched in 2026, the Marshal Service will have 70 officers, as well as additional support staff.
“As we build the foundation of the Saskatchewan Marshals Service, it’s critical that we have the right person in place to oversee its creation and ensure its ongoing success,” Corrections, Policing and Public Safety Minister Paul Merriman said. “We are committed to finding someone with the skills and experience required to operate a successful modern police service.”
The Marshalls would have province wide jurisdiction and will have their own investigations, as well as supporting the RCMP, municipal and first nations policing.
Critics wonder why there is a need for a “new” level of policing in this province, and suggest the money would be better spent supporting local police, and the RCMP.
According to to the provincial government, the Marshalls Service will provide an enhanced law enforcement presence across Saskatchewan, with a focus on:
-detecting, disrupting and deterring criminal activity in rural and remote areas experiencing high levels of crime.
-locating and apprehending high-risk and prolific offenders.
-conducting proactive enforcement actions and investigations related to farming and agriculture offenses such as cattle, crop, metal and farm chemical thefts, and trespassing that may result in crop damage.
The job posting for the role of Chief Marshall will close September 24th.