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  • Community Safety Officers
      

    The Prince Albert Police Service has two experienced Community Safety Officers (CSO) assisting patrol members with daily calls. CSOs are tasked with responding to a variety of calls, including minor vehicle accidents, mischief, shoplifting and theft. CSOs were retained by the police service following City Council approval of the transition of the Municipal Bylaw Unit back to the City of Prince Albert in mid-2020.

    The efforts of this experienced and knowledgeable unit help ensure patrol members are available to continue responding to emergency calls for service in a timely manner.

  • Bylaw Enforcement
      

    Enforcement of bylaws, including as they pertain to stray dogs/cats, noise complaints, unsightly yards, housing standards, parking, and false alarm monitoring falls under the City of Prince Albert. To learn more, please click here. To make a bylaw inquiry or complaint, complete the online Report a Bylaw Violation Form or call 306-953-4370 during business hours (8:00am - 4:45pm, Monday - Friday)

  • Canine Unit

    The ability of the police service dog (P.S.D.) makes them ideal partners in many areas. The ability of the dogs to follow human scent gives them the ability to follow and locate a suspect. The dogs can also locate evidence, which may be related to a crime. The dogs are used to search and clear buildings where alarms have been received and it is suspected someone has illegally entered. During training the teams (dogs and handlers) learn to become proficient in the areas of tracking, criminal apprehension, searching, obedience, and agility. The primary role of the Canine Unit is to provide support to the Patrol Officers. The teams respond to any or all crimes in progress where the suspects are fleeing on foot or possibly hidden away. Presently, the Prince Albert Police Service has three handler/dog teams: Sgt. Bighetty and PSD Febee, Cst. Brown and PSD Kal, and Cst. Mostowich and PSD Ares .

    PSD Febee
    Born: September 22, 2013
    Breed: German Shepherd
    From: Alberta
    Training: General Duties
    Handler: Sgt. Bighetty

    PSD Kal
    Born: November 6, 2016
    Breed: German Shepherd
    From: Slovakia
    Training: General Duties
    Handler: Cst. Brown

    PSD Ares
    Born: December 8, 2018
    Breed: German Shepherd
    From: Slovakia
    Training: General Duties
    Handler: Cst. Mostowich

  • Central Records

    The Central Records Division is comprised of 11 Police Records Management Controllers.

    Records staff process charge Information and produce a court package for our Crown Prosecutor.  Court documents are entered into our Canadian Police Information Center terminal.  The Canadian Police Information Center (CPIC) is a complex computer network that police members across the country can access.

    Records staff are also responsible for maintaining details on warrants, court documents, missing persons, stolen vehicles, and other items of stolen or lost property.  This information is critical to the front line officer in assisting with their investigation as well as for officer safety.  

    For further information refer to this PDF

  • C.I.D.
    The Criminal Investigations Division is made up of what is normally thought of as "detectives" or "plain clothes" officers. It is divided into many different specialized sections that require specific training and experience, such as the Child Protection Unit and the Major Crimes Unit.

    The officers receive training in their respective fields through the Provincial Police College, the Canadian Police College in Ottawa and various other agencies and groups. The training includes general investigative skills such as proper interview techniques, as well as specific investigative skills, such as fire scene examinations.

    The section also encompasses the officers assigned to take photos and look for crime scene evidence such as D.N.A. or fingerprints. These officers are highly trained specialists and will often testify as experts in court. The "Identification Section" works with detectives and uniformed officers to gather evidence and prepare a case.

  • Child Protection Unit
    The Child Protection Unit of the Prince Albert Police Service investigates reports of neglect, or physical or sexual abuse against children. This specialized unit currently has two full-time members assigned to investigate reports of abuse against children.

    The Child Protection Unit works closely with the Victims Services Unit (VSU) of the Prince Albert Police Service, the provincial Ministry of Social Services, Mobile Crisis and the Prince Albert Sexual Assault Centre to protect children. Members also work with the RCMP and the Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) to investigate reports of violence involving children.

    Officers receive specialized training in areas such as interviewing children, and physical and emotional signs of trauma in order to stop abuse and bring offenders to justice. Members of the Child Protection Unit are called upon to address highly sensitive and emotionally challenging issues involving our community’s most vulnerable young people, while responding in a compassionate and sensitive way.

    The Prince Albert Police Service relies on the local community for information about suspicious or hurtful activity involving children, including schools, churches, community groups and family members.

    Once a report is made to police, members of the Child Protection will conduct a thorough investigation into the allegation to determine the next steps. Generally, the investigation would involve an interview(s) with the child identified as a victim, the family of the child and anyone else who may be in close contact with child on a regular basis. The child victim and their family would also be connected with local community agencies such as the Victims Services Unit and counselling services, which can provide confidential support and information as the investigation continues.

    How Do I Report Abuse Involving a Child?
    There are several ways to report abuse involving a child. If you believe the child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1

    Call the Prince Albert Police Service at 306-953-4222 OR visit the front office at the police station at 45-15th Street West. You will be connected with a dispatcher who will ask a
    police officer to respond. The police officer will ask you questions, including:
    o Your name, address and birth date
    o The name, address and birth date of the child you are calling about
    o Your relationship to the child
    o Information about the date/time and type of abuse you are reporting. In most cases, if there is no immediate risk of harm, the information will be forwarded to a member with the Child Protection Unit, who will then contact you.

    Report abuse to Mobile Crisis: Prince Albert Mobile Crisis is available after business hours (evenings and weekends), and helps people in crisis.
    o Mobile Crisis is located next to the police station on 15th Street West and works closely with police to help victims of violence. To contact Mobile Crisis call 306-764-1011 or visit https://www.pacrisis.ca/
    o The Sexual Assault Centre is also located within Mobile Crisis and can assist with counselling and supports. To contact the Sexual Assault Centre, call 306-764-1039

    Report abuse to the Ministry of Social Services: The provincial government Ministry of Social Services offers protection and supports for children who are at risk of physical or sexual harm.
    o To report an abuse involving a child to Social Services, call 306-953-2422 or 1-800-274-8297

    File an Anonymous Report through Crime Stoppers
    o You can call 1-800-222-8477 to report a crime anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
    o If you choose this option, please include as much detail as possible about the incident you are reporting including,
    o The name and address of the child you are concerned about
    o Details of the allegation. How do you know something bad is happening?
    o How to contact the child’s caregivers or family
    o It is very difficult to investigate tips left anonymously without enough information. Please include as many specifics as possible when reporting through Crime Stoppers

    Go to the hospital for treatment. Hospital staff are required to report incidents of physical or sexual abuse against children to police. An officer may be dispatched to the hospital to gather further information, or be assigned for follow-up.

    If the child is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1.

    What Happens Next?
    Once a file has been opened and police have determined a child may have been a victim of physical or sexual abuse, or is at risk, the officer’s job will be to gather evidence in order to determine whether any charges should be laid.

    The investigation will include the following:
    • Recorded interviews with family members of the child.
    • Recorded interview(s) with the child victim.
    • The child victim and their family will be offered support through the Victims Services Unit, including counselling options and regular follow-up by a VSU support worker.
    • Should charges be laid, you will be provided with information about the court process and assistance with preparing to testify in court, should that be deemed necessary. It is not
    always necessary for a child to testify once the file reaches the court stage.

    In matters involving children, you cannot refuse to proceed with charges if police and prosecutors decide charges are warranted.

  • Sexual Assault Investigations
    The dedicated members of the Prince Albert Police Service are responsible for investigating reports involving sexual violence against women and men over the age of 16. Everyone has a right to feel safe in their community without the threat of harm.

    Police officers who investigate reports of sexual assault have specific training in areas such as interviewing and recognizing the signs of emotional, physical and sexual trauma. Investigators work closely with other agencies such as Mobile Crisis, the Prince Albert Sexual Assault Centre and the Victims Services Unit of the Prince Albert Police Service.

    Choosing to come forward and report a sexual assault to police is often an emotional and challenging experience and can be a lengthy process. It is important to note that the role of police is to be impartial and not to choose sides in any investigation, but to gather evidence and facts to determine whether charges should be laid. In any case, investigators consult with the Crown Prosecutor’s office to determine the likelihood of a conviction based on the evidence and facts presented.

    If you are reporting a sexual assault immediately after it has occurred, it is important to remember the following in order to allow police to gather evidence for the case:
    • Do Not bathe or shower
    • Do Not change or throw away the clothes you are wearing at the time of the assault
    • Do Not wash your hands or your hair
    • Do Not consume any drugs or alcohol
    • Do Not clean up or disturb the area where the assault occurred

    How Do I Report a Sexual Assault?
    Call the Prince Albert Police Service at 306-953-4222 OR visit the front office at the police station at 45-15th Street West. You will be connected with a dispatcher who will ask a police officer to respond. The police officer will ask you questions, including:
    o Your name, address and birth date
    o Information about the date/time and type of abuse you are reporting. What happened, when it happened

    If you or the person you are calling about is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1

    Go to the hospital for treatment
    o If the assault happened within the last three days, you can go to the local hospital for a medical examination and information about testing for sexually-transmitted infections (STI), possible pregnancy or injuries.
    o Hospital staff will contact police to take your statement

    File an Anonymous Report through Crime Stoppers
    o You can call 1-800-222-8477 to report a crime anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
    o If you choose this option, please include as much detail as possible about the incident you are reporting including,
    o The date, time and location of the assault
    o The name of the person who committed the assault, if you know it
    o Details of the allegation. What happened?
    o It is very difficult to investigate tips left anonymously without enough information. Please include as many specifics as possible when reporting through Crime Stoppers

    What Happens Next?
    If police determine there is enough evidence for an investigation and you would like to go ahead with the investigation, you will be asked to come to the police station to participate in a recorded interview.
    When reporting an assault to police, it is important to remember the following:
    • You have provided a valid phone number so police can reach you
    • You will be asked to sit down in a room with a police investigator. The officer will ask questions about what happened and the meeting will be recorded.
    • Should charges be laid, you may be asked to testify in court. Please remember that the court process is a lengthy one and may require more than one interview with police or prosecutors.
    • You may be asked to testify in court if the case proceeds to trial

    While it is always best to report a sexual assault as soon as possible, crimes involving sexual violence can be reported days, weeks, months or even years afterward. There is no time limit for reporting sexual assaults. But, in all cases, the sooner you report the assault, the better chance investigators have to collect evidence in the file.

    Regardless of whether you decide to report a sexual assault to police, you are encouraged to seek out counselling services. Confidential support options can be found through the Victims Services Unit of the Prince Albert Police Service, Mobile Crisis or the Prince Albert Sexual Assault Centre.

  • Internet Child Exploitation Unit
    The Saskatchewan ICE Unit specializes in investigations involving child pornography, child exploitation, and luring over the Internet. Funding is provided by the Government of Saskatchewan through the Ministry of Corrections, Policing and Public Safety. The Saskatchewan ICE Unit is comprised of the Provincial Coordinator Staff Sgt. Shawn Stubbs and investigators from Prince Albert Police Service, RCMP, Regina Police Service, and the Saskatoon Police Service.

    Coordination and supervision of the unit is assigned to the Provincial Coordinator, a non-commissioned officer from one of the 4 participating agencies. A Memorandum of Understanding between all agencies includes the appointment of the Provincial Coordinator, which rotates between each participating agency every 3 years.

    The provincial coordinator is based at the police substation in downtown Prince Albert, along with two additional Prince Albert-based investigators (1 Prince Albert Police, 1 RCMP).

  • Identification Division

    The members expertise is in the field of Ridgeology (fingerprints), photograph theory and techniques as they apply to police photography and in the gathering, examination, preservation and presentation of evidence.

    Officers in the identification division specialize in the following areas :

    Identification of friction ridges
    Different methods and chemicals used in fingerprint development
    Digital imaging
    crime scene photography
    Physical matching
    Footwear comparison
    Preserving and protecting crime scenes and evidence
    Searching for evidence
    Recording and collecting evidence

    Philosophy of friction ridge identification states that "Friction ridge identification is established through the agreement of friction ridge formations, in sequence, having sufficient uniqueness to individualize".

  • Patrol
    The Patrol Division of the Prince Albert Police Service responds to approximately 36,000 calls for service annually. The core function of patrol is to respond to public service requests, collection of data and preservation of evidence. Patrol is also responsible for the enforcement of criminal and traffic laws, the apprehension and prosecution of violators, the investigation of criminal and other offenses and other matters that work towards the protection of life and property, the preservation of peace and the prevention of crime.

    There are four platoons that work on a shift rotation to provide 24-hour coverage of the city. They are identified as A, B, C, and D platoons. Each platoon has a Staff Sergeant and two Sergeants as NCOs in charge of constables who respond to calls for service.

    The City of Prince Albert is divided into 5 zones, or areas, denoted as the Downtown area, West Hill, East Hill, West Flat, and East Flat. These areas are divided by the natural boundaries and arteries. Patrol cars assigned to these areas respond to the calls for service.

  • S.W.A.T.
       

    Created in 2002, the Prince Albert Police Service Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team is made up of twelve officers who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The SWAT team members also maintain other duties within the police service. The SWAT team will respond to situations which require equipment and trained tactics that exceed patrols capabilities. Each member must meet strict requirements and has gone through a rigorous selection process prior to joining the team. The team trains monthly to ensure a successful resolution to a variety of high risk critical incidents.

  • Traffic Division

     

    The Prince Albert Police Service Traffic Unit is committed to ensuring the safety of all Prince Albert residents and visitors to our city who share our roads, sidewalks, and bike trails. In addition to enforcement activity, the Traffic Unit also encompasses collision and hit and run investigations.

    Our enforcement team uses selective techniques, as well as targeted traffic projects, and a variety of educational campaigns in order to maximize compliance with provincial and municipal driving legislation. Police officers are highly trained in the use of Radar and Laser speed detection technology, and are equipped with the latest tools of the trade to effectively perform their duties.

    Prince Albert Police Traffic officers regularly team up with outside agencies such as the Saskatchewan Highway Transport Patrol, Vehicle Equipment Compliance inspectors, RCMP and other municipal police services for the purpose of safety campaigns.  Operation Overdrive Sobriety Checkpoints and child seat safety clinics are but a few examples of this collaborative effort geared towards the creation of a safe roadway network.

Victim Services

  • Victim Services
         

    Who are we?

    We are caring members of our community who have volunteered our time to receive extensive training and invest themselves working towards a better, more caring community. We support our local Police Service and care deeply about the victims of crime and other traumatic events in our community. We are here to help.

    Have you been a victim of crime?

    Here is a printable version of the forms that are exclusively for victims of crime and their family.


    Do you Know the Signs of Strangulation?
    Family and domestic violence can include strangulation. It's important to know the signs and document them. The form above can be used as a guide to document signs of strangulation.

      What do we do?

      • Provide Information
      • Advocacy and Support
      • Referrals
      • Assistance

      We Provide Information On:

      • Police & court procedures
      • Case specifics
      • Court dates, procedures & dispositions
      • The criminal justice system
      • The rights of the victim
      • Services available to the victim
      • Crime prevention

      Advocacy and Support

      • Provide a liaison to enhance communication with the police
      • Support at the time of court
      • Assisting in the prompt return of property to victims
      • Provide court preparation and support

      Referral

      • Advise the victims of available resources
      • Referral to appropriate resources and helping access these services

      Assistance

      • Accessing the criminal justice system
      • Applying for Peace Bonds and legal assistance
      • Applying for Victims Compensation & Victims Restitution
      • With filling out Victim Impact Statements

      Volunteer Qualifications

      • 18 years of age or older
      • Ability to work with all kinds of people
      • Sign a one year contract committing to a minimum of 4 hours per week
      • Pass a police security clearance and sign an oath of secrecy
      • Complete an initial training program
      • Have a genuine interest in helping victims of crime and other traumatic events in the City of Prince Albert

      Contact Victim Services at 953-4357(HELP) for more information.

      Provincial Contact:  Ministry of Justice & Attorney General (306) 787-3500


  • Missing Person Liaison

    Missing Persons Liaisons provide direct support to families of missing persons by offering support through listening, critical thinking, priority management, supporting hope, and the Family Toolkit.  They also provide information about the police investigation, Search and Rescue, Missing Person Legislation, and specialized counseling for Ambiguous Loss.  They will send referrals to appropriate agencies such as Financial Aid, counseling, issues regarding childcare/respite, and estate issues.  Missing Persons Liaisons provide consultation to all police-based Victim Services Units within Saskatchewan.  This makes support services available to all families of missing persons in Saskatchewan.

  • Community Policing Unit
    The Prince Albert Police Service initiated a Community Policing Unit in September 2019. This new unit is responsible for high-visibility community engagement. Cst. Derek Simonson and Cst. Ron Meyers are assigned to the Community Policing Unit and patrol on foot and bikes across the community, including in the downtown area, the Rotary Trail, and the Cornerstone and South Hill shopping districts. The mandate of the new Community Policing Unit is to build relationships through positive interactions with residents and the business community with the shared goal of reducing crime and illegal activity. The officers' role includes attending community events, engaging with the public throughout the community, and representing the police service at school and other local functions. The Community Policing Unit also assists with coordination of community events and information sessions for schools and community groups. To request an officer to attend your school or community event contact: Cst. Derek Simonson at [email protected]
  • Media Relations
        

    Media Relations

    Any media inquiries or requests for interviews must be made through the Media Relations Office by contacting Media Liaison Charlene Tebbutt at the contact information below:

    Prince Albert Police Service
    (306) 930-7063
    [email protected] 

    The Media Relations office will then return media inquiries and direct media interviews for all departments, including for administration and the Chief of Police.

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