Saskatchewan RCMP commanding officer Curtis Zablocki listens to rural municipal concerns at a Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities meeting in Kipling, Sask., earlier this month.  |  Karen Briere photo

RCMP works to build community relationships

The police force has held 87 town hall meetings and launched a new community familiarization program in Sask.

KIPLING, Sask. — Saskatchewan RCMP and the communities they serve are building new relationships, says assistant commissioner Curtis Zablocki. Speaking at the Division 1 meeting of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities earlier this month, he said 87 town hall meetings and a new community familiarization program show how detachments are reaching out. He said […] Read more

Battlefords RCMP officers held a town hall meeting in Denholm, Sask., June 6.  |  William DeKay photo

Town hall meetings designed to promote involvement

DENHOLM, Sask. — Keeping the public informed of police initiatives is a key way to reduce rural crime, said RCMP. “We want to get out there and share with the public the resources that we have and what they can do to help us in a rural environment in terms of being our eyes and […] Read more

The BeeSecure Asset Tracker recently won the Rural Crime Innovation Challenge organized by the Saskatchewan justice ministry.  |  Rivercity Technology photo

New technology protects property by tracking it

A new product designed to combat rural crime could upset any advantage thieves have over property owners in remote areas. Rivercity Technology developed an asset tracking system that uses a combination of GPS and cell network technology. It is capable of notifying users when an object is moved and track it. The BeeSecure Asset Tracker […] Read more


Saskatchewan should have a provincial association of rural crime watch areas similar to Alberta’s, said the president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.
| Screencap via www.ruralcrimewatch.ab.ca

SARM lobbies for return of rural crime watch

Saskatchewan should have a provincial association of rural crime watch areas similar to Alberta’s, said the president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities. Ray Orb said he and his western Canadian counterparts had a good discussion about crime during the Western Canadian Association meeting at the SARM office in Regina in late April. “We […] Read more

Nick Cornea never imagined that a Facebook page he started for farmers to discuss crime would take off the way it did.
 | Screencap via Facebook/Farmers Against Rural Crime

Farmers take rural crime fight online

Nick Cornea never imagined that a Facebook page he started for farmers to discuss crime would take off the way it did. A month after the Briercrest, Sask., farmer established Farmers Against Rural Crime, it had more than 16,225 members from coast to coast. What’s more, the discussion has been relatively respectful with many seeking […] Read more


Any person in Montana who uses force to defend himself can use that force only if they or another person are at risk of physical harm. | File photo

Stand your ground

CORRECTION – March 17, 2018 – 1420 CST – This story originally misspelled the name of the man shot by Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley. The young man shot by Gerald Stanley was Colten Boushie. In Montana it’s legal to stand your ground when threatened by another person. The law in Montana, however, doesn’t give landowners […] Read more

Edouard Maurice and his family leave Provincial Court in Okotoks, Alta., March 9 after he appeared on charges of aggravated assault, pointing a weapon and careless use of a firearm Feb. 24 following an alleged robbery at his rural home. The provincial government announced measures last week that it hopes will combat rural crime in the province. |  Mike Sturk photo

Alberta introduces new rural crime strategy

Rural Albertans can expect more RCMP officers on the ground, more civilian staff and more crown prosecutors to fight crime in their communities. The strategy, outlined by the province March 9, will cost $10 million. It includes 39 new officers, 40 civilian staff and eight to 10 crown prosecutors. As well, the plan includes tracking […] Read more

What Canadian law says about self-defence

Stand your ground laws in the United States generate a lot of negative press, possibly because the phrase implies that people should become vigilantes rather than flee the scene and call the police. In Canada, though, the laws around self-defence are surprisingly similar to stand your ground legislation. “Generally, when it comes to your own […] Read more


Goodale said the problems won't go away with one or two meetings but being candid is important. | Twitter/@RalphGoodale photo

RCMP to hold meetings on rural policing, public safety

Federal public safety minister Ralph Goodale says the public meetings Saskatchewan’s 87 RCMP detachments are holding will help open lines of communication. Speaking to reporters in Regina March 9, the minister said the fact that people at some of the first meetings have said they would defend their property any way they can is concerning. […] Read more

Justice minister Kathleen Ganley stands next to Todd Shean, deputy commissioner with the Alberta RCMP. Ganley announced new funds to help fight rural crime. | Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta’s $10M rural crime strategy includes more officers, better co-ordination

Tracking technology for farm equipment and vehicles will also be utilized

Rural Albertans can expect more RCMP officers on the ground, more civilian staff and more crown prosecutors to fight crime in their communities. The strategy, outlined by the province Friday, will cost $10 million. It includes 39 new officers, 40 civilian staff and anywhere from eight to 10 crown prosecutors. As well, the plan includes […] Read more