The Saskatoon Police Service has wrapped up the fourth phase of it's series of Safer Streets projects aimed at reducing crime in areas which see localized, ongoing criminal activity.
Between January 23rd and February 4, 2012, a number of policing initiatives were conducted in the area bordered by 19th and 23rd Streets West and Avenues N and W. A total of 15 operational plans were conducted during the two week period and involved 19 Units or Sections within the SPS. The Safer Streets initiative also relied on partnerships with Saskatoon Crime Stoppers, Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods, Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services, Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming, EGADZ, the Saskatoon Health Region, and the Friendship Inn.
Phase four of the project resulted in; 70 criminal code charges, 47 people arrested on outstanding warrants, 743 summary offence tickets issued, 3 tickets issued under the Alcohol and Gaming Regulations Act, 8 vehicles seized, 35 businesses visited regarding crime prevention, 10 community presentations conducted, 46 properties inspected with 31 Orders to Remedy Contravention issued by Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services under the Property Maintenance and Nuisance Abatement Bylaw, 60 curfew condition checks were conducted with two arrests and 11 warrants requested.
The project included high level traffic enforcement in school zones and high collision locations, community education (fraud prevention, the Crime Stoppers program, and preventing and reporting crime). Members also conducted a winter clothing drive for the Friendship Inn and donated 20 large bags of jackets, mitts, toques and other items.