Saskatchewan’s Crime Reduction Team could be coming to a community near you.
According to RCMP, the team will be conducting further initiatives in the coming weeks and months in various locations. Members of the public may note an increased police presence, including additional traffic stops and other enforcement activity, when the Crime Reduction Team is deployed in their area.
Most recently, RCMP’s Crime Reduction Team conducted targeted enforcement efforts in the Loon Lake Detachment area on Feb. 7 and 8 and Pierceland Detachment area on Feb. 9.
Team members conducted traffic stops and executed outstanding warrants targeting chronic offenders. That resulted in a number of arrests related to serious, and in some cases violent, crimes. Three new criminal code charges were laid; one related to weapons charges on known gang associates.
“Taking wanted criminals, illegal firearms and drugs off the streets are all top priorities for the Crime Reduction Team,” said Sgt. Darren MacDougall, Crime Reduction Team leader. “The results that we’re seeing are definitely making our communities safer.”
“The Crime Reduction Team supports the work we do on a daily basis in consultation with our local leaders to ensure the safety of the residents in the Loon Lake area, “ said Sgt. Phil DeGruchy, Loon Lake Detachment Commander. “This type of high-intensity, targeted enforcement is not meant to replace day-to-day policing, but to enhance it.”
The Crime Reduction Team is made up of members with specialized enforcement and investigative skills. This targeted, high-intensity approach to enforcement and investigation will focus on taking drugs, firearms and criminals off the streets of our Saskatchewan communities, making them safer.