Estevan was represented at last week's Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police Meeting held in Moose Jaw where a number of topics were discussed. 

"They're held twice annually where we discuss any issues or concerns regarding policing within the province," explained Police Chief, Paul Ladouceur, "and other matters relating to policing." 

"Some of the hot topics right now  in policing is obviously the legalization of cannabis which is scheduled to come next year. So there's some discussion around that with both the municipality, and with the province on how that is going to roll out. And more importantly, how the police are gong to react to that and enforce the related legislation that goes along with it."

He goes on to say that there are tests being done on road side screening devices to test for suspected drug impaired drivers.

"There's some pilot tests being conducted in relation to road side screening devices and we're hopeful that that'll be a tool that police will have access to. Also, what we call drug recognition experts. Those are officers that are trained in detecting impairment by drugs within individuals and they do that through a series of physical tests and observations. They are training in both in the province and actually attend into the US to do some of their training on live subjects."

The Federal government has announced that they will legalize recreational cannabis across Canada on July 1, 2018. 

READ MORE: As Saskatchewan Cannabis Survey Nears Close, Alberta Announces Some Plans

READ MORE: Roadside Drug Testing Devices Make Progress in Preparation for Cannabis Legalization

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