RCMP Deployment Model
Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing
WHEREAS most Saskatchewan municipalities with populations under 5,000 use RCMP services contracted by the Government of Saskatchewan;
WHEREAS the RCMP’s “F” Division has contracted Meyers Norris and Penny out of Winnipeg to review their current deployment model and to identify and recommend possible changes to said deployment model. One such possible change is moving the region into a super-hub deployment model, which may set a precedent for other regions within the Province of Saskatchewan;
WHEREAS changes to the current deployment model with regard to a super-hub, or
centralization of deployment services within the southwest, may negatively affect public safety given the large geographical jurisdiction of the southwest Saskatchewan region;
WHEREAS the municipalities within the southwest will continue to work closely with the current ‘community-centered’ deployment model, that includes Shaunavon, Leader, Gravelbourg, Morse, Pontiex, Maple Creek and Swift Current (rural) detachments and that the current ‘community-centered’ deployment model can continue to effectively operate on a proactive basis, with proven low crime rates;
WHEREAS the municipalities in southwest Saskatchewan advocate for all RCMP officers to reside within their detachment area to support the retention of RCMP officers in finding a sense of home and belonging; to support the safety of residents by boasting visibility of proactive policing and satisfactory response times; and to support the economy of the community;
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the RCMP and provincial government to not close any current detachments existing within rural communities, to maintain the December 31, 2019 staffing levels, and demonstrate that the RCMP super-hub deployment model will not be in the best interest for citizens of rural communities;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SARM lobby the RCMP to ensure consultation with municipal leaders prior to the implementation of any changes to services to ensure there are no negative impacts to the service and the economy of rural communities, and that public safety remains a top priority.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SARM lobby the RCMP and provincial government to consider the size of the geographical area, not just population, when determining detachment staffing levels.