The Prince Albert Police Service continues to target property crime, gang activity, and violence with plans for a new multi-year strategy that would see four additional police officers on patrol in Prince Albert focused on proactive policing and addressing local crime trends.
Following approval earlier this month by Prince Albert City Council to fund four additional police officers through a new $35 base tax, the Prince Albert Board of Police Commissioners approved a proposal from the police service Thursday outlining a strategy to proactively address crime trends and problem addresses in our community. This new funding is expected to generate $554,000 annually toward the multi-year proactive policing strategy to target crime trends, and assist other units where additional enforcement or investigative efforts are needed.
This multi-year strategy would compliment work being done by members on patrol, and in other targeted enforcement units including the Integrated Crime Reduction Team (ICRT), Street Enforcement Team (SET), Prince Albert Integrated Intelligence Unit (PAIIU), Crime Suppression Team, Community Policing Unit, Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Child Protection Unit, and the Police and Crisis Team (PACT).
Two Community Safety Officers (CSO) continue to assist members on patrol, responding to calls involving minor vehicle accidents, shoplifting, and theft.
Members on patrol routinely respond to a much higher than average number of calls for service from the public when compared to other similar-sized police agencies, many of those involving residents from other communities. In order to align with the national average for police calls per member, recent data shows the Prince Albert Police Service would need at least 216 officers. The addition of four officers puts the service’s current strength at 104 police members.
“Proactive policing continues to be a priority for the police service as we work to not only respond to crime in our community, but do more to address violence and crime stemming from addictions, mental health crises, and social health concerns,” said Prince Albert Police Chief Jonathan Bergen. “A multi-year proactive strategy will give the police service more resources to deploy officers to preventive policing initiatives, better support members on patrol, and enhance our overall service to the community.”
Following today’s approval by the Board of Police Commissioners, the multi-year proactive policing strategy will go before Prince Albert City Council for review and discussion at their next regular meeting.
“The police service appreciates the continued support from city council in addressing serious crime in our community, and their efforts to work together on enhanced public safety measures for our community,” Chief Bergen added.