RCMP South District commander Kevin Kunetzki speaks during the meeting. | Karen Briere photo

Policing review alarms SW Sask.

‘Super-hub’ term sparks fears regional RCMP services will be consolidated, but senior officer attempts to put 
minds at ease

MAPLE CREEK, Sask. — Residents of southwestern Saskatchewan aren’t buying RCMP claims that detachments won’t close and policing service won’t be diminished after a review is complete. Many of the 415 people attending a public meeting in Maple Creek Jan. 15 said they weren’t reassured by comments from South District officer superintendent Kevin Kunetzki that […] Read more

Prevention, deterrence and surveillance are considered to be the central elements in a successful crime reduction program.  |  File photo

Police pleased with rural Crime Watch success

The program has expanded to 190 Saskatchewan rural municipalities from eight or nine that were in existence in 2017

Criminal activity will always be a concern in remote areas of Saskatchewan where police presence is limited, says Mel Zurvinsky, an RCMP corporal who specializes in working with rural communities and preventing rural crime. However, preventive measures can have a huge impact on deterring criminal activities and reducing personal losses. The use of surveillance cameras, […] Read more

Tim Brodt, councillor in the RM of Edenwold, said that municipality was one of the first to hire a CSO and is pleased with the result. | Screencap via sarm.ca

Community safety officers in short supply in Sask.

Saskatchewan’s community safety officer program is an option for municipalities looking for bylaw enforcement and low-risk policing needs, but only about 30 officers have been hired since the program’s rollout five years ago. Daryl Chernook, program manager for the province’s corrections and policing ministry, said CSOs can be another presence in rural areas to help […] Read more


Provincial justice minister Doug Schweitzer said a Rural Alberta Provincial Integrated Defence Force (RAPID) will be created that will train about 400 sheriffs, fish and wildlife officers and commercial vehicle enforcement personnel to respond to 911 calls about rural crime. The idea is to reduce response times when no RCMP officers are near. | Screencap via Facebook/Doug Schweitzer

Alberta introduces measures against rural crime

Rural crime is a real concern for Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon. “Each Sunday night I get in a car and I drive from my remote farm west of Sundre 300 kilometres to Edmonton. … And each night that I go to bed in my condo in Edmonton, I think is tonight the night that […] Read more

Provincial justice minister Doug Schweitzer said a Rural Alberta Provincial Integrated Defence Force (RAPID) will be created that will train about 400 sheriffs, fish and wildlife officers and commercial vehicle enforcement personnel to respond to 911 calls about rural crime. The idea is to reduce response times when no RCMP officers are near. | Screencap via Facebook/Doug Schweitzer

Alberta announces plans to tackle rural crime

The Alberta government plans to take a harder line against rural crime and today announced measures to begin that process. Provincial justice minister Doug Schweitzer said a Rural Alberta Provincial Integrated Defence Force (RAPID) will be created that will train about 400 sheriffs, fish and wildlife officers and commercial vehicle enforcement personnel to respond to […] Read more


Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer is touring the province talking to rural residents who say they are angry and want meaningful action to protect themselves against thefts and violence. | File photo

Minister speaks out on rural crime lawsuit

OKOTOKS, Alta. — The Alberta government is talking about taking harder line in its fight against rural crime. Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer is touring the province talking to rural residents who say they are angry and want meaningful action to protect themselves against thefts and violence. He also took the unusual step of speaking out […] Read more

Exposing the roots of rural crime

Rising mental health and addiction issues compound the problem, and top police officials from Alberta offer solutions

Addictions and mental health issues are on the rise in rural and urban Alberta, say top police officials, making crime increasingly challenging to tackle. The increase has strained services, they say, even though solutions to stem addictions and mental health problems are working. “Meth is driving most of our violence and most of our crime […] Read more

Despite efforts to reduce rural crime over the past couple of years, issues of property theft and break-and-enters continue to alarm small communities. | File photo

Alberta tour focuses on rural crime concerns

The government says it will use feedback from the meetings as a way to inform it on how to best resolve the issue

The Alberta government is touring the province to hear concerns about rural crime and to learn how to best resolve the issues. Despite efforts to reduce rural crime over the past couple of years, issues of property theft and break-and-enters continue to alarm small communities. “We want to see crime rates go down,” Doug Schweitzer, […] Read more


Canadians may now have more leeway, but arresting a trespasser or someone “invading” a farm is tricky. | Getty Images

Citizen’s arrest can be risky move for farmers

In 2009, David Chen became a hero to many Canadians. Chen, the owner of a small grocery mart in Toronto’s Chinatown, caught a criminal who had stolen plants from the store and locked him in the store’s truck. The police arrested Chen for his actions and the crown charged him with assault and forcible confinement. […] Read more

The Alberta government and RCMP announced today they're launching a initiative called Project Lock Up, an effort that combines the forces of RCMP and citizen-led groups to better respond to crime and to give victims access to prevention tools. | Twitter/@RCMPAlberta photo

Alta. RCMP launch new rural crime initiative

Rural landowners affected by crime will now have access to more resources to help protect their property. The Alberta government and RCMP announced today they’re launching a initiative called Project Lock Up, an effort that combines the forces of RCMP and citizen-led groups to better respond to crime and to give victims access to prevention […] Read more