There were a few items on the agenda of last night's Police Board Meeting. 

Police Chief, Paul Ladouceur spoke to a few stats that he noticed. 

"When it comes to sexual crimes, from the year to date from 2016 to 2017, we see a jump this year. That was in relation to one investigation. That was the investigation involving the teacher. Assaults, we're seeing a little bit of a rise. But a 60% decrease in assault causing bodily harm."

From January to October, 2016, there were 62 assaults, while in 2017, there have been 83. 

"The biggest concerns again, as we continue to look at impaired driving, we're not seeing much difference."

The year to date in 2016 impaired driving offences were 135 while so far this year, there have been 142.

The Police Chief also spoke briefly about the new bylaw officer who is expected to begin her new duties next week.

"We are just waiting on certification from the province. You have to have certification from the province to appoint her. Although she was a special constable as a dispatcher, because her duties changed, you have to get that approved through the Saskatchewan Police Commission and through Provincial Justice."

He expects that within the next week that the certification will be completed. He added that the previous by law officer who had moved out of the role to become a police officer, was injured during training which allowed her to train Newton. 

"It's been perfect, because she certainly learned all the background work that goes along with it over the last couple months so she can hit the ground running. She is well versed in all the bylaws."

He added that this time of the year, with more vehicles on the streets and snow plows ultimately clearly snow, it's important to have a bylaw officer.

The Police Service financial statement for October was also presented and showed the service is currently running a surplus. 

"Our revenue has gone beyond what was anticipated which is good news. We're closing in on around $100,000 over what was anticipated in the budget this year. Some of that comes through unrealized SGI funding. We didn't realize they would be funding certain programs that they have decided to fund this year. Our high visibility stop-checks are going to be reimbursed through SGI. We seeing also, an increase this year from SGI when it comes to the CTSS funding, that we see provincially, of about $20,000 a year."

He added however, that there still are expenses expected to come out such as payroll, vehicle costs and other costs.  

 

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