It was 2004 when Estevan last saw police members on bicycle patrol, but that should change soon.

"We're pretty happy to bring that back," shared Police Chief Paul Ladouceur. "We're hoping to get those bikes on the road within the next couple weeks."

"We realize it's late in the season. The hope was to do it earlier this summer but the reality was by the time we were able to acquire the equipment, the uniforms, the training, it took a little longer than anticipated."

However, they will be able to hit the streets for the remainder of the summer and start right back up again in spring. 

"It was the members who put that idea forward to bring it back and I think it's a great thing to engage the community. It allows the officers to go in areas they normally don't go, back alleys, through parks and playgrounds and engage people along the way."

"We have two bikes and an officer from each platoon assigned that can take those out and go on bike patrol."

"It's not something completely new, the service had it in the past. It kind of went by the wayside quite a few years ago and we decided now was a good time to bring it back because we were able to fit it in our current budget."

Ladouceur noted that the costs of the program will not result in any extra money from taxpayers. 

"This comes out of our existing budget. If we're going to introduce a new program, we look at ways of how we can reallocate funds in our existing budget. Under our current collective agreement, officers are entitled to a certain number of uniform equipment each year. What we had this year is a number of officers advised that they had sufficient uniforms. What we saved from our uniform or clothing allowance, we were able to reallocate to this bicycle unit."

More Local News

New Look for Canadian Dollar in 2019: Will Honour Gay Rights

Joe Wickenhauser is the Executive Director of Moose Jaw PRIDE and the Saskatchewan PRIDE Network. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. To commemorate…

SaskPower Pleased With Performance Of CCS at Boundary Dam Power Station

SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station had a great year in 2018, according to their vice president of power production, Howard Matthews. The facility…

Millions for Crop Research in Saskatchewan

On Wednesday, the federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $12 million in funding for forty-four crop-related research…

Humane Society Receives Big Boost With $5000 Grant

The humane society has recently received a $5000 grant from the Western Financial western community foundation. Angela Prette with the humane society was extremely happy with the amount of the grant…

Bitter Winds Sticking Around

After some balmy temperatures and days to start the new year, more traditional Saskatchewan weather has moved in for the third week of January. Cold days and even colder nights with bitter winds is…

Snowplow Safety Important For Everyone

With the lack of snowfall we've seen in the southeast corner of the province, it's easy to forget about the drivers that keep the roads clear and drivers safe. Snowplow operators are often overlooked…

Accident On 13th Ave and King Street

A two-vehicle collision took place early Wednesday morning. "At approximately 7:45 this morning, a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of 13th Avenue and King Street," explained…

The Difference Between Norovirus and Influenza Explained

Norovirus has been identified as the cause of a number of cases of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting in the province. "Norovirus is a type of virus that affects the intestinal system," explained Doctor…

City's Proposed 2019 Budget Includes No Increase In Taxes Or Utility Rates

The city is planning some ambitious ideas for the proposed 2019 budget, but they won’t be including any higher taxes or utlility increases. The proposed budget was prepared by city administration and…

Pharmacies Running Out Of Flu Vaccine

It’s been a tough flu season in Canada and now some pharmacies in the Estevan area have been running out of the flu vaccine. Jeff Hilderman at the Estevan Pharmasave has seen his pharmacy run out of… is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide