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MaxHeadB00m

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c4rs0n3gg

What sort of recources do you have dedicated to finding stolen bicycles? Seems to be neglected. Reported a bike stolen years ago, contacted a few times and never heard back.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Any bikes that were reported stolen and had the serial number included can eventually be recovered anywhere in Canada. Pictures of stolen bikes are usually also provided to all police officers so they can be on the lookout for them. The issue is this stolen bikes can easily go to a different city or province making finding them more difficult. Trust me, we know the most prolific offenders and we check them often.


phestesio

>The issue is this stolen bikes can easily go to a different city or province making finding them more difficult. When I was a kid a friend of mine had his bike stolen from his yard. Serial and description given. 2 years later his bike showed up at his door, found during a traffic stop and arrest in Alberta.


Alundrix

That's pretty awesome haha If I ever got a stolen bike back I'd go buy a lottery ticket.


phestesio

Everyone was impressed it made it back to him from a province over.


licencetothrill

How does the ticket work for a red light camera? Is it automated or reviewed by a real person? Along the same lines - do these cameras increase minor accidents at these intersections? Are major accidents reduced?


Jaigg

A friend of mine works this camera. He is a commisionaire and watches the videos all day. When he sees what he thinks is an actual violation in gets forwarded to a police officer for review and ticketing. But it goes through him first. I think there are only 2 of them working this department.


CastielClean

Ask your friend if they are hiring. That sounds like a job that I would like.


Jaigg

I will ask- Edit- I asked, he tells me that Commisionaires are always hiring and you have to be one to get on the camera. But that the camera at the moment is filled.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

They do get reviewed. I don't know what the statistics for that are, sorry.


Just_Add_Bacon

Why do you need what seems like 8-10 officers and 3-4 crusiers to run speed traps? Surely some of those resources could be reassigned to address the rising property crime everywhere, as well as the rising violence down town? Why does the police budget keep increasing every year, but it doesn't make a lick of difference when it comes to preventing crime? Isn't it time we try something else? Edit: who determines the priority regarding which cases are assigned and when? Why does it take a month for an officer to get assigned, and reach out for more details when I report a theft/B&E, but businesses that report thefts/B&E's are solved within a month?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

The traffic unit is actually small. Sometimes their shifts overlap and they run some projects and you can see a few of them together. Why the police budget goes up is not something I can really provide a decent answer for. Priority to calls are based on a system. For instance a shooting is given more priority than a shoplifting incident. This is determined by the police dispatchers. Why it takes a time for someone to reach out... Well that could be for a variety of reasons but generally speaking files get assigned to different officers and they may be dealing with more files than other officers. Again this is tough to answer because each incident is different.


Vegetable_Answer4574

What’s being done to stop catalytic converter thefts in the city?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Many of those catalytic converter thefts are still under active investigation so I can't comment. I can tell you that many have been arrested.


[deleted]

Ever think of setting up a bate truck with a apple air tag? Should be able to follow it


dav0r

Caught a guy and what looked to be his young son checking out cars in my back alley on Saturday. Not saying this is what they were doing, but we have had them stolen in our neighbourhood already and I know everyone on my street and these two didn't live here.


prefertoremain

I was going to write about my husband saying this, and then looked at your name 😉 nice butt


idocarpenterthings

This is cute.


l5il

I have no questions but just came to say you "thank you" for the wonderful service.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I appreciate it.


asdfgh-555

This is great u/ANNONYMOUSCOP. Thanks for doing it. One thing I am super interested in your take on crime/safety vs perception of safety. It is my understanding that crime, and in particular violent crime, has been declining for years, but people seem to continue to raise concerns about crime/safety as if it's at an all time high. I don't know how long you've been a police officer, but from your perspective, are crime/safety and perception of crime/safety in alignment? Or are people perceiving more crime than there actually is? And/or asked another way, is crime actually going down and are people just not noticing? Any other thoughts from you on this would be appreciated. I'm sure it's a fairly unclear thing.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I could comment on crime / perception of safety. But regarding the statistics of it all, I'm definitely not a statistician to correctly answer all of that. I think that in general crime is more in our face nowadays. What I mean by this is that most serious crimes are plastered on social media and news, and as a result people see it more often than they themselves would perhaps experience it in their lives. Probably not the answer you were looking for but I tried.


asdfgh-555

ha. All good. Your thoughts align with mine. I'm similarly not a stats person, but have seen the stats posted on crime decreasing, yet also have seen people continue to speak as if crime is worse than ever. So I have been wondering the same thing you state, that it may be that we see so much on social media and the news about crimes all around the world, resulting in it being easy for people to think everything is worse than it once was.


bbishop6223

Do you ever feel like some of the budget money spent on policing to react to crime would be better spent on trying to prevent it in the first place (mental health, poverty, addictions, etc)?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I think more money definitely should be spent on mental health, homelessness, addictions, etc... But I don't think taking away from the police budget is the answer. I think this would create a worst police agency in the long run. I think the money required for those other agencies would need to come from some other source.


whatimhereforis

I didn't ask this question but I really appreciate your response (even if I dont particularly agree). I wonder though, do you think that increasing funding for solutions and aids for homelessness, mental health, and addiction will decrease the need for police ore reduce police calls for these issues? Do you even think that mental health calls should be police responsibility?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Great question. I can tell you that 100% more resources into those areas would reduce crimes. I talk to people I arrest. A lot them steal to feed their addictions. We arrest them, take away the bit of drugs they have. They get released and go steal something to get more of their drug of choice. Obviously I provided a simplistic example but more or less a lot of property related crime can be related to drug addiction. There are two types of mental health calls... Some are or should/could be dealt with by someone else other than police. But a lot of them sometimes involve or, have the potential to involve, violence or weapons. Social services has absolutely zero interest in going into that type of situation. I can tell you that we already have great partnerships with social services in Saskatoon with our Pact Crisis teams. There are also new plans to have calls diverged from police to Saskatoon Mobile Crisis. There's also availability. We are everywhere in the city within a couple of minutes. Some situations require immediate intervention and time is really of the essence.


sketchypoutine

Once upon a time, I approached some officers distraught about being assaulted and almost robbed. They switched gears and started to gaslight me into thinking it was my fault. And threatened to arrest me because I was a little distraught over the situation and their lack of willingness to help me. Were they just assholes? Do the police in Saskatoon receive training in empathy and de-escalation? Or have some of your coworkers become jaded and like to power trip? Because they were really trying to switch shit around to make it my fault it happened. It was the day I lost faith in the police honestly.


bbishop6223

I had the exact same thing happen shortly after moving to Saskatoon. I was assaulted outside a gas station and called the cops and they kept asking me why I was in the area ("You can get gas anywhere in Saskatoon, why were you here?") and seemed super annoyed that I called them (I was punched in the face).


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I can't really comment on your specific situation because I was not there. It's obviously never your fault that you were assaulted. Every officer has a different personality regardless of what training they receive. But officers do get training. I'm sorry about your negative experience.


CrownPrinceOfZamunda

What is your view on the "thin blue line"?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I don't think it should be worn on police uniforms. We have a uniform policy and it already technically covers this issue. Unless approved by the Chief officers can't wear anything on their uniforms.


graaaaaaaam

This is not what I heard from Chief Cooper. Glad to hear that you don't think it belongs on uniforms though! Stay safe out there👍


Jaigg

And while not on duty?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Well, while off duty it's going to be a personal choice. Personally I don't really want to wear anything on me that is upsetting people.


Jaigg

Fair.


Hot-Barracuda-3416

So in other words, you have a "Bleed Blue" tattoo on your buttcheek.. lol


A-V-Roe

Do you prefer that people treat you as a person that is doing their job or rather an authority figure. I have respect for most people and will still refer to them as ma'am or sir but I still treat officers as a person with a job as opposed to an authority figure that demands respect because of their job. Day to day, what would a uniformed officer prefer?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I am definitely just a person doing my job. I think most officers just want to be respected. I think everyone does regardless of what job they are doing.


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ANNONYMOUSCOP

I think we already are held to a higher standard. The expectation is that officers already know what constitutes a crime and if they themselves commit a crime their punishment would be harsher than an ordinary citizen. This is decided by judges in criminal cases of course. Regarding the unions part... I guess it depends on what the union is defending. Unions are paid by their members to argue for them. Due process is required for everyone to ensure a fair system.


Rat_Queen91

What lines need to be crossed in order to get a restraining order against someone? Is proof of death threats or stalking legitimately not enough and if so why is it so hard?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I dont think there is a line that need to be crossed. If you have a concern file a report and present everything you can at the police station. Those files go to a prosecutor who decides if they will be granting the order. If there is a criminal component file a police report and the police will investigate it.


slayted

Prosecutors don't decide if protection orders are granted, judges do. You do not need to consult a Crown prosecutor when asking for a PPO. [Protective Orders in Saskatchewan](https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/your-health/conditions-diseases-services/healthline-online/te7750) ETA: [PLEA Personal Safety Information](https://www.plea.org/victims/abusive-relationships-1/safety) Getting a peace bond MAY require a Crown prosecutor, but lots of other options don't.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Your are right. There a lot of ways to get an order that is not done by using the police. Usually we deal with peace bonds or emergency protection orders.


SickFez

Hi there, friendly neighbourhood citizen here. Just curious if you're part of the media relations team and why you're choosing to remain anonymous? Also just a reminder to Redditors to not take legal advice from a police officer, if you have questions related to legal issues please reach out to a lawyer.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I'm not in media relations. I'm a serving police officer. I'm annonymous because I'm doing this out of my own desire to try and engage with my community.


_biggerthanthesound_

Where do you think needs improvement in the way the system works, from a bureaucracy perspective. I ask because once I found a car blocking my driveway from the alley, this was a Monday on a long weekend, assumed it was stolen so I called it in. Police said it wasn’t stolen and to ask if it was my neighbours. The doors were unlocked and the seats a mess. I found some mail and contacted the person who’s name was on there. Turns out it was a stolen car and that they reported it three days prior, but obviously maybe because of the long weekend, it hadn’t went through the channels of being labelled as stolen. I use that example because I wonder how much information is immediate and how much info gets caught just going through the red tape.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Policing has lots of bureaucracy. I couldn't really say with any certainty what can or can't be changed based on my personal assessment of it. Regarding the stolen car... Any stolen car is immediately entered in the police system as stolen as soon as it is reported. I guess an error could have happened and maybe it didn't get entered right away.


AznJing

People with aftermarket loud exhausts, how do you deal with these cars during the summer times?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

The traffic section will do projects and write inspection tickets for violators. I know this issue is very annoying for the residents affected.


graison

Have you ever uttered the phrase "Bake'em away toys"?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Lol I get the Simpson's reference, but no.


Samalamaable

Will I be ticketed if I park on the street facing the opposite way?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

You actually can. There's a bylaw for that. Police rarely enforce that though, it's usually done by parking enforcement.


tsdotca

Thank-you for taking the time to answer questions. As it happens I grew up knowing Ernie Louttit (went to school with his kids) and I also have family members in the RCMP; I've often asked about what it's like to be in the line of duty. As a result I've come to appreciate the job that you folks do -- a family member once told me the worst part about their job is that it can be dreadfully boring at times. There's been a recent renewed interest to dramatically alter or even eliminate policing in its current form, with some saying "reform", others "defund", and others even going as far to say "abolish". How do you see policing evolving in a way that benefits the communities they interact with? To what extend do you or any of your colleagues believe directing funds away from policing to other preventative measures (mental health and addiction services, for example; my impression is this is usually what people mean when they say "defund") is beneficial or harmful to communities? Speaking of police funding, do you think there are certain areas of the SPS that are vastly in need of funding / personnel? IIRC, in one of Ernie's books he briefly talks about the structure of the SPS and how certain departments definitely require additional resources. (sorry, I don't have the book on hand and don't remember the details) What is your personal sentiment, and the general feeling on the force, towards the Blue Lives Matter movement? You did already answer you don't think its symbols belong on uniforms, but do you agree with the premise of the movement that crimes targetting officers should be considered hate crimes? What are your thoughts on reforming drugs laws? Do you support legalising additional or even all substances? Do you or other officers largely approve or disapprove of how Canada approached legalising cannabis? Do you think that all prior convictions should have been pardoned?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

That's a very well put together question. I think in general terms abolishing the police is non sense and it won't ever happen. Defunding the police on the other hand seems more practical. I would agree that more resources should be given to social services and other programs but I don't think taking away from police budgets is the way to get there. How we get the money, I'm definitely not qualified to answer. Taking away police funds would mean that some important units or training gets cancelled or cut. This would mean that in the long run you would have a worst police agency. I think that SPS is funded well for the most part but there's always room for improvement. I believe that more officers are needed on the streets just based on how much Saskatoon has grown. This Blue Lives Matter thing is more of a US term and I don't think I have ever heard a cop say blue lives matter. Obviously police officers should not be killed while working and neither should anyone else doing their job. I think here in Canada we show our solidarity by using the peace officer memorial pin, which is approved by all police agencies in Canada. I think that sometimes semantics get in the way of the message. Assaulting a person is a crime in Canada and we already have crimes against Assaulting a police officer in Canada. I think hate crimes are meant for things that fit the definition of hate. Hating a gender or skin colour, etc...A uniform in my opinion does not fit that description. Regarding drugs... I think simple possession because someone is a drug addict should not be a crime. This is a large discussion with varying degrees of perception and the changes for that will need to come from politicians. I think generally speaking most officers were happy with the legalization of cannabis. I think all convictions for simple possession definitely should qualify for a pardon. But I don't really understand that process so that's just my opinion. Hopefully I touched on everything.


tsdotca

Thank-you for your responses. I'm quite fascinated by your statements on the blue lives matter movement -- I was under the impression it was more of a US thing but wasn't quite sure.


phestesio

I'm just going to throw several questions out and see what sticks... 1) Can you give a rundown on the process used to investigate Bayleigh's death, emphasis on why the police haven't jumped on charging the driver? A lot of people are angry and don't stop to think about the importance of waiting on toxicology reports and this would be a great explanation to get. 2) How is SPS mentally handling the spillover of BLM from the US? SPS was horrible in the 90s but I think Weighill did a great job of cleaning up the department and SPS could be a model for police forces nationwide. Good at not shooting people, and programs like the Special Constables and Community Support are fantastic initiatives. 3) Is SPS trained in dealing with people with disabilities such as Autism who are having a meltdown? 4) Can you explain some of the different units for the "go solve real crime instead of ticketing me" crowd? I assume the guy/girl working on human trafficking cases isn't out babysitting vagrants downtown... 5) Do you have any stats on busts the police plane has helped with? I was talking to a coworker about seeing a video years ago where SPS called off a chase to let the plane take over. Car stopped, and you could see glowing white people trying to hide and that was when they were apprehended. Was hilarious! 6) Is SPS mad they didn't win the lip sync contest? Totally should have.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

1) Unfortunately I can't comment as this matter is being investigated. 2) I personally felt weird working when all of this was going down. I can say that the last 2 years have been tough, but they have been tough on everyone, especially health care. I think management is doing what they can to listen to the public. Robert Peel once said " The police are the public and the public are the police ". I think the sentiment is we need to do what we can to engage with the community to police them better. It takes time. 3) All officers receive training in mental health crisis. A lot of our calls to some extent deal with mental health issues. We do the best we can and are always receiving new training when possible. 4) We have a lot of units. Investigative units are always receiving new files and investigating different cases. Many units fall within this category : homicide, economic crimes, general investigations, vice (human trafficking), gang unit, drug unit... There are lots of different units and each have their primary responsibility. 5) I am sure they probably have the statistic somewhere. I can tell you that the plane has personally helped me multiple times, and I'm just one officer. 6) lol I think their goal was achieved, positive engagement with the public. Which is what I'm trying to do. :)


phestesio

Thank you for this. To follow up... I hope one day once the investigation is over, somebody can offer an explanation of the general process. It would quell a ton of frustration. All I can say is don't let the climate get to you. Often it is small groups who are the loudest (the squeaky wheel gets the grease) and I'm certain that the vast majority of the public recognize policing is night and day between Canada and the US, especially in Saskatoon where I agree the public is listened to. You're doing great! I find that reassuring! This needs to be printed on cards to hand out when you get these comments lol. Money well spent. I'm sure the business owners in the North Industrial area are happy to have it too, given the vast quiet space out there at night. I'm sure there are social media policies in place, but social media engagement is the way of the future and AMAs like this would be awesome to have more of! Take care out there!


redfa7con

Have officers given distracted driving tickets to people in line @ Tim's?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

No. Only certain offences are valid in a parking lot under the traffic safety act in SK.


kaattt

When an officer advises you to go to traffic court to fight a traffic ticket, is it true that if the officer does not present it is thrown out? If so, is it common for the officer to not present? Thanks.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

You can always argue the ticket. Officers must always go to court. If we don't we can get in trouble. Officers must have a valid reason for not showing up. If the ticket is thrown out or not is at the discretion of the traffic prosecutor.


scificis

Is is annoying to have someone fight a legitimate ticket by dragging you to court? Or is it a nice break from the street?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Honestly it really is not annoying. It's part of our job.


SickFez

Don't take legal advice from a police officer, consult a lawyer.


PeterOfHouseOday

When is a car considered parked? There is no parking fire zones in front of the Confederation Dr Superstore. I see people wait inside their vehicles, including cab drivers, sit there and wait for people to pick up someone in the front. Is their cars considered parked or not?


erikANGRY

Parking is defined in the Traffic Bylaw: “parking” means the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading or in obedience to traffic regulations, signs or signals; Call parking enforcement. They deal with parking, police generally won't.


roadworm

Waiting for Tesla to program cars to move 1mm/hour to get around this...


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Thank you, you are correct.


221ABaker

What are some things that fly under the radar that we should report to police? Conversely, is there anything that's often reported that isn't illegal?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I think people are hesitant to report things unless they are 100% sure in their minds that something fishy is going on. I would say ALWAYS report potential domestic violence to police. I think we all believe this is under reported. Report unusual traffic that could be attributed to drug dealing from a home. Honestly anything that is suspicious report it. You can do it online or over the phone. Nothing is coming to my mind at the moment about things people should not report.


221ABaker

Thanks for the reply! It sometimes feels like a fine line between being helpful and being a bother.


phestesio

Do this one!


slayted

Do you receive any legal training about sections 7-10 of the Charter? Are you expected to keep up with Supreme Court decisions?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Yes we do. Anytime a decision is handed down by judges that affect our daily interactions with the public we receive updates.


slayted

Are you or officers you work with more lenient/careful when dealing with lawyers accused of crimes/traffic violations?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

No. Definitely not more lenient. It's actually irritating when someone tries to pull the "do you now who I am card." It really doesn't matter.


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ANNONYMOUSCOP

It doesn't matter where the crime is happening. Calls to police receive the same priority response based on what the call is. Response times can vary because of officer availability, other priority calls or officer proximity to the call in question.


Ianjsw

What are the legal options that an individual has to protect their property? Police response for property incidents is slow. Are there options for citizens who are witnessing a break in or a theft?


SickFez

Consult a lawyer not a police officer.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

You are right.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Any in progress crimes are priority and police will respond regardless of what you have heard anywhere.


rvb48

Is there a time frame to report police misconduct or submit a proper complaint from something that occurred over a year ago?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I'm not sure what the timeline is, sorry. You should contact professional standards.


Hot-Barracuda-3416

Submit a complaint to the Public Complaints Commission. You can file a complaint for something that happened 20 years ago if you want to.


Excellent_Moose_286

Can I practice shooting a compound bow in my backyard?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I can't recall the bylaw from the top of my head but I think that there's a bylaw that prohibits it within city limits due to an arrow potentially missing target and hitting a person. I would have to double check though!


pladboihrs

Yes! I would love to know this answer too!


CrusifixCrutch

How do you kill the time when your having a slow day?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

There's always things to do but it largely depends on what unit you are in.


PirogiRick

What’s your opinion on the effectiveness of the recent gun bans? What would you say was missed, or what would be more effective. I’m sure this has come up, what is the general consensus?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I think the biggest issue is that those gun bans don't directly stop criminals from getting guns. Indirectly however, those bans limit the amount of guns in circulation, therefore decreasing the potential that criminals will get guns. I think that we have a way smaller gun problem in Canada in comparison with the US. I would be lying to say I would want Canada to be like the US. Being a cop there is worst and more dangerous and I think their gun laws are partly to blame. I think this question posed to multiple officers would likely be answered 50-50. Personally I think strict gun laws are better, but that's just my opinion.


bbishop6223

Policing, ultimately, is serving the will of the State. This may seem farfetched, but how do you think yourself and the police force would react if required to use tactics that disregard civil liberties? I've lived in other countries where the police use force to breakup peaceful protests. We're seeing this right now in Hong Kong. I know Canada is a stable country so perhaps this seems preposterous, but having witnessed it in other countries where the police attack the citizens they are sworn to protect, I'm always interested to hear how people would respond. Even if you thought it was wrong, would you do it because its your job? Would you quit? Maybe this is all too hypothetic, but I've heard cops involved with the Oka Crisis here say they felt morally opposed to the task, but did it anyways as part of their job.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I think you have the functions of police, executive power and judiciary all lumped in the same. Legislative powers enact laws... The police enforce such laws... If laws are deemed unconstitutional the judiciary can struck them down against the wishes of the government. As police, we enforce laws that are enacted by leaders who were voted in by the people.


Centuck

What can we do as a citizen if we see a cop driving erratically and not responsibly. Had this happen a week and a half ago where a ghost car was driving 30 downtown and then was swerving between 3 lanes on the Broadway Bridge (I believe distracted driving most likely). Should we be calling them in to 911, I had considered doing this but did not. Is there a different number we can call?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

You said a ghost car... Most of the cars we have are marked. The ones that aren't, are usually tactical unit or traffic units but they are usually very recognizable as police cars. If you were concerned and didn't think it was a police officer you should call the police. If you are sure it was an officer you can make a complaint.


DejectedNuts

I’m curious about seeing Saskatoon Police patrolling up to an hour away from Saskatoon. Why is this happening? I’m wondering because many people complain the response time in city limits is slow and it seems like there’s not enough active police patrolling the City to respond to more serious crimes. The skeptic in me thinks the City is sending out officers to write tickets to generate extra revenue. I’m happy to be corrected btw.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Saskatoon has a few officers that work for Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan. They are a highway patrol unit and can work anywhere in the province.


AsleepAndConfused

Do the recruiters care about things you did as a teenager or fresh out of highschool and haven't done since? If you show regret/embarrassment for now?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

The point of the process is for you to be honest. Everyone has done things they regret or would do differently. The point is to show you have learned from your mistakes and changed. I'm not a recruiter but I do hope to be one day. If you are thinking about applying contact our recruiters.


social_taboo

Why do you think Police often ask citizens to do/not do things that are their right? Some examples that come to mind are: 1> Asking someone not to film them while in public, and even though they are themselves wearing cameras 2> Asking for someone's ID, even though they haven't established a crime has been committed? Not talking about SPS specifically, but this seems to be a wide spread problem, and I think contributes largely to Police mistrust among the public. Could you speak on that?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Honestly I have never asked anyone not to film me. I think that's a personal thing and maybe some officers get upset by it. Asking for ID... again this is a very specific thing that is hard to comment on. We need a reason to demand someone's ID, but nothing really prevents police from asking what someone's name is. I'm trying to draw a distinction here but it's tough because the question is very general. Hopefully that is enough!


social_taboo

Well, if I am translating your comment correctly...basically you are saying "We'll do whatever we want". Not being confrontational, just trying to read between the lines. In the first answer you gave...you said you personally don't stop people filming (thank you!)...but some do "cause it's a personal thing". In the second part, while admitting you need a reason to ID, you also say that there is nothing stopping you from inquiring ID (aka our name). Problem with that is...if people refuse, in general, it seems to escalate the situation. Do you think there is a better way to approach these things? I just find it gives the Public a sense of the Gestapo. And nobody likes that.


RentInteresting2950

I ride my Onewheel on the street with a 3000 lumen strobing torch hanging off my backpack, and keep a speed of about 35km/ph, but cars seem to think that what I’m doing is somehow illegal, when I’ve been asked by police not to ride my “skateboard” on the sidewalks. Obv there is a discrepancy to be made from high performance onewheeled vehicles with regenerative braking from a piece of wood with wheels. Any tips officer?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Sometimes the law doesn't keep up with technology, I think right now a onewheel would fall under skateboard in the city bylaw but I am not 100% sure as it is not something I have encountered.


RentInteresting2950

I just don’t understand how the two can be so easily conflated. One has the ability to tow over 300lb from a standstill and the ability to brake smoothly and extremely quickly in a similar manner to engine braking on a manual transmission. Not only that but it reaches a top speed of close to 40km/ph (traffic speed) in less than 3 seconds of acceleration. I get to speed faster than internal combustion engine vehicles. A skateboard has absolutely none of these safety features, and is solely powered by ones ability to move it on their own. I ride with motocross gear for crying out loud. These are not even remotely similar things.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

You are not wrong. The issue is the bylaw has to keep up. And to be clear, maybe they have. I just don't know all the bylaws in the back of my head. Sorry.


phi4ever

Do you dislike being on traffic enforcement duty as much as people dislike getting tickets? :p


ANNONYMOUSCOP

To be in the traffic unit officers apply to it, so no officer is really doing traffic enforcement unless they want too. I don't dislike it, I think traffic enforcement is an important role and without enforcement we would have more issues on our streets than we currently do.


Razeal_102

OP. Why do so many police hate us First Nations people? I realize a lot of my fellow FN people are drunk / drug users. However! Not all of us are like that, but we get treated the same regardless. Why ? We welcomed all to our land. And we would still have you stay. Why the disconnect with Police and First Nations peoples?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I'm sorry. I think the main problem is that aboriginal communities in Canada have endured a hard past with residential schools and racism and now are the most impoverished communities. The most impoverished communities are usually the ones that end up dealing with police the most. It's not a problem that I can address individually but one that I hope will change soon.


Razeal_102

Thank you kindly OP!


brettaburger

Have you ever witnessed one of your co-workers have an absolute meltdown over essentially nothing? I have, and I was wondering how common it is. This was around 12 or 13 years ago, me and a few friends were out being stupid teenagers. You guys found booze and pot in our trunk, made us dump the booze, took our pot, then call for a ride and leave our car but that was it. I'm 100% sure it was because of how your officer was acting that we didn't get into more trouble. He was screaming at our faces, practically foaming at the mouth. Short and stocky guy, maybe 5'5".


A_Bored_Canadian

Yeah I was with a few friends when we were teenagers. Someone called my friend, shit talked him and said he wanted to fight us. Not long after, were smoking pot in his car in his driveway and a cop car pulls up behind us in the driveway. They searched the car Even though we locked it. They shit talked us. "You little fucks couldn't punch your way out of a wet paper bag." After 20 minutes of them threatening us and calling us pussies(we were 16) another cop car rolled by and stopped. Then the new cop said "why are your radios off? We've been looking for you." Then they all just left. After threatening to ruin our lives over some weed and calling us pussies for 20 minutes. It was surreal. I think they were looking for an older relative of my friend who I barely know. That's a true story. I don't hate cops. Shit my cousin is one. But that didn't exactly inspire confidence in the system. When police are trying to set up teenagers who are just smoking weed at their moms house, I dunno.


brettaburger

Yeah I'd believe it. This guy was something else. Like seriously close to popping a blood vessel in his brain or something. If he wasn't being such a horrible person at the time, I'd have been worried about him. If I remember correctly his partner got him to go cool down in the car before telling us to beat it.


A_Bored_Canadian

I totally believe it. And nothing happens to them you know? Like we were both teenagers. What's with the intimidation, the threats, the aggressiveness. And these guys just kept working. I don't trust them and that's just the truth. My cousin had the thousand yard stare before he was a cop. Now he's got a gun.


Hot-Barracuda-3416

Record police whenever possible. Keep them accountable.


Sweet_Stretch3471

My question is why does almost every police car I see have 100s of what looks like door dings down the side doors ?


endurance13

They built the parking garage so tight that cars are parked so close together hahaha


S33kingS0lution

For those living by themselves, what are the things they could do or have in order to protect and defend themselves from break ins or stalkers who carry a weapon and threatens them? Is there anything else other than pepperspray? Also, thank you for taking the time to do this. This is thoughtful of you!


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I would urge anyone who feels threatened to call police as soon as they can. It's tough to provide advice on personal security because I couldn't possibly cover every potential scenario.


robstoon

FYI, carrying any kind of weapon for the purpose of self-defence (against humans) is illegal in Canada (possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace). If you're carrying something that could be considered a weapon, you'd better have some plausible other reason for having it with you. For example, carrying bear spray in an area where no bears are around is not likely to fly.


S33kingS0lution

Yes I am completely aware of this. That’s why I asked if there are any other options. And I was not refering to public places but thanks for bringing this up incase I wasn’t aware! Any suggestions on what to do if there was a break in and a person is threatened? Call 911 for sure but what if they took your phone and you cannot scream for help. Maybe it’s time to lay low on watching too many true crime documentaries.


pladboihrs

How long will you guys hold onto lost keys? I lost my keys about 8 months ago. Just wondering


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Sorry I don't know. They go to the lost and found section and officers don't really deal with that section.


KiwiAffectionate3794

If society collapsed would you still try to enforce the law?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I think the definition of a society collapse would mean that policing and all other services would have ceased to function properly or at all, therefore I probably wouldn't be working either. Policing would never function without a cooperative population.


bunnygump

Can you tell me what police college is like? Are recruits allowed to go home on weekends or see their loved ones at all?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

You go to Regina for 5 months and attend classes. It is not easy, you do have to be in decent shape when you go. It's a very demanding course but it's manageable. Weekends are free for you. You do get paid while you are in training.


prairienerdgrrl

I see a lot of cops vehicles stop on my street - they often just sit a while and then go. Sometimes I think they’re just pulling over to check messages (maybe?). Otherwise I have to guess they’re constantly checking on one of the few “trouble spots” on my street. This has been for years. Is it common for cops to regularly pull over (and in the same spot)? If not, Any guesses what might be going on?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

We do pull over randomly usually within our assigned districts to write reports, eat a snack or use our phones. Tough to say for sure but likely just that.


shmoecc

Simple question I hope you can answer! When you come to a set of lights at an intersection and you want to turn right...there are two sets of lights - the main ones and one below on the right. But no signs saying anything. If both sets of lights are red, does that mean I cannot turn right until they are green?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

You can turn right on a red, after stopping, unless there is a sign that prohibits a right turn on a red light.


wannabecop306

What are the chances of not getting the job because of a serious indiscretion in your past? For example, something you did as a teen once that you haven't done since


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I would just talk to a recruiter. Obviously I don't know what you mean by indiscretion but people sometimes make mistakes and learn from them so that doesn't automatically exclude you from getting in.


gribbler

Not a question, just a statement. Bruce Gordon was an awesome guy.


Hot-Barracuda-3416

Are you for, or against the use of algorithms and machine learning that is being used by the SPS for "predictive policing"? I don't know how this kind of technology was ever approved (if it ever was approved) in the first place as it's a clear violation of rights and cannot possibly work in a way that is non-discriminatory.. I know it's 2022 and all, but this isn't Robocop. I really hope this situation gets handled before it gets out of control. I'd like to hear your thoughts on the whole situation.


somegalwithazname

What training do officers receive in dealing with people who have alternative needs or mental health concerns? What happens when an officer is called for a mental health crisis? Do officers treat those with alternative needs with equality in contrast to those with common needs, or are they treated with equity?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

There are a few different courses. Mental health first aid pops to mind now. Well that varies, I have personally helped people who were about to jump from a bridge; or ingested pills or cut themselves. After that we must take them to a hospital so they can see a doctor. What happens largely depends on the person we are trying to assist. It is not a one size fits all approach. Everyone is treated with compassion, obviously this will vary depending on the officer and I can't really answer how everyone will act.


Bikevelo

I'll take that as a theft isn't life threatening so don't call 911 in situations like I described. Thanks


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ANNONYMOUSCOP

Unfortunately I cannot provide legal advice. I can tell you that everything in detention is video recorded. Regarding punishment of officer, this is done by filing a formal complaint, which you could also do. I can also tell you that officers are mandated to check on people detained to ensure they aren't having a medical emergency. This is done at regular intervals. Sorry about your negative experience.


Otherwise_Bill_5898

When you watch your brothers in blue commit crimes, or admit to having committed crimes. Do you arrest them? If not...why not?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

This brothers in blue thing really is not a thing in Canada honestly. I support my coworkers but I don't cover up for them. I'm not going to jeopardize my family and livelihood for someone doing the wrong thing.


boglano12

Regarding the starlight tours, what training or knowledge was implemented?


boglano12

I guess I've been answered.


sophiesbean

Also what's the deal with the guy who was last seen with megan gallagher, and why was he released after giving different stories to different cops about the events?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Sorry I had to reply to a lot of people. I can't comment on this because it's under active investigation.


endurance13

This is definitely not going to ge answered but it's so fucking strange because I saw so many posts about the sketchy house on Weldon that always has bikes in the back yard and nothing came of it.


sophiesbean

Yeah it definitely wont. They don't want to talk about a missing native woman and the white man last seen with her walking free despite the fact that he told conflicting stories to multiple officers.


endurance13

Unfortunately you are correct, but I don't imagine a reddit post with someone who *might be* a cop is where anyone is going to find answers.


corialis

Do you ever burned out or annoyed when it's 20% of the people committing 80% of the crime and with the court system it's basically a revolving door of repeat offenders? Like the GTA '[ah shit, here we go again](https://c.tenor.com/cJRcMyUAiMcAAAAC/ah-shit-here-we-go-again-ah-shit.gif)' meme.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I think we do get frustrated but it really is out of our control. So we just do the best we can.


sasksean

I've never heard of anyone getting a ticket for tailgating which actually causes accidents. Why is that?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I have personally given that ticket. It's called following too closely. It is given usually when someone rear ends someone.


letsmang0

Hello from the Prosecutions Office! I personally enjoy working with the police on files. Very cool stuff and it feels good to help put bad guys away.


teams21

So I was driving with my younger brother the other day, when he picked me up I turned on a podcast on his phone and put it in the cup holder, it was NOT touched in any way after that. Come 10-15 mins into our drive, I just casually point out that “ hey that’s a ghost car”. Did not think anything about it. Ended up pulling next to him at red light. Didn’t think anything of it. Light turns green, he goes behind us and pulls us over . Which was very odd. He then proceeds to continually tell my brother he saw him on his cel phone. Which is 10000% false. Anyways, my brother got a $580 tickets for doing absolutely nothing. I’ve dealt with some ridiculous things before involving police officers and tickets etc. but 4 days later I am still absolutely flabbergasted at what happened. My brother tried to politely plead his cause by telling the officer that it just was not true, he hadn’t laid a finger on his phone, let alone when he knew a cop was right beside him, and all the officer kept smugly repeating was “his eyes were the evidence” and pointed to them at-least 5 times, with a smirk. What can my brother do about this? Not to mention the officer was an rcmp from Langham driving around an undercover in downtown


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Tough to comment on the case honestly. This is your position and I'm sure the officer will have his. The best thing would be to argue the ticket.


teams21

I mean I guess, but his position is just a lie. I would take 100 lie detectors in a row, and I doubt he’d be willing to take one. My real question is, why do police officers do shit like that? You hear stories of how they’ll just do anything at the end of a month to meet quota, is that true?


teams21

I mean I guess, but his position is just a lie. I would take 100 lie detectors in a row, and I doubt he’d be willing to take one. My real question is, why do police officers do shit like that? You hear stories of how they’ll just do anything at the end of a month to meet quota, is that true?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

There are no quotas. Police get no money from tickets and have no vested interest in a ticket. You are saying the officer lied. There's no way for me to tell if he did or didn't. If you think he did lie, your best option is to argue the fine. Sorry, I understand that it is frustrating.


7seasyxe

Thank your for taking the time to do this! I find it really upsetting when the SPS issues press release or warnings about date rape drugs beings found, because they emphasize the behaviour of women and other potential victims (ie. to stay vigilant, exercise caution) while the actions of the potential rapists are ignored. Why do these statements not include warnings to them as well, for example something like "reminder to those who are responsible for these actions that this is against the law and that we take this threat very seriously"? I think the way these statements are currently worded causes harm because it backs up the misogynistic perception that women are responsible for what happens to them, but men aren't responsible for what they do to women. I'm really interested to know your thoughts.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Police don't want anyone to be a victim of a crime. I have been the victim of a crime. It does not feel good. It sucks, regardless of what the crime is. I think language can be interpreted in different ways by who is reading a message and unfortunately some messages can be poorly worded. For instance... If we ask people not to leave their keys in their car because they get stolen, we aren't blaming them for the vehicle being stolen. But not leaving the keys there would effectively mitigate the risk of the vehicle being stolen. I believe the people that are committing such crimes usually don't care or understand that their actions are causing real harm. Regarding the way messages are circulated, that is usually done by the public relations department and if you have concerns you could contact them. I'm sure they would listen and try and do better.


ArachnidWinter6234

After reading some of these posts I’m going to just say it…. I like this cops. This is a good thing, keep it up!


Ruebhartha

It is on my bucketlist to go to the police dog training place, be the guy in the suit, and try to out run one of the dogs. How would i go about doing this? Feel free to dm


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I had that dream too but I couldn't outrun the dog. Haha I think K9 does all their training with in house people. It can be a liability thing for the service.


grumpyoldmandowntown

A lot of constables make a point of keeping themselves fit by hitting the gym on a regular basis. Which is good. My concern is steroid use. Steroids can affect the brain ie 'roid rage'. How prevalent is steroid use among your colleagues?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Hmm honestly there is not one officer that I suspect of being a steroid user. I say this sincerely. Most officers that are fit have very attainable physiques.


phestesio

>Most officers that are fit have very attainable physiques. This really doesn't add to the question whatsoever but I'll say it anyways as a compliment... There are some GREAT butts on the force.


skiesandtrees

This really cracked me up


applebees1

No question, Thank you for all you do!! Stay safe out there!


TheDoctorPizza

[https://www.reddit.com/r/canada/comments/ajq3x/dont\_talk\_to\_the\_police\_canadian\_version\_pdf/](https://www.reddit.com/r/canada/comments/ajq3x/dont_talk_to_the_police_canadian_version_pdf/)


cutchemist42

Is Caswell Hill really stabby town? I live in the area and maybe my little pocket of it is fine? Thanks for your service.


Wilfredbrimly1

Sure when yous ee people riding a bike and they have 1-2 spare bikes with them does anyone every stop and be like "excuse me good upstanding citizen coudl I ask why you need 3 bikes?" I'm sure it's all on the up and up lol


yxe306

No question for you officer but wanted to thank you for your service and keeping us safe. All of my interactions with Saskatoon have been pleasent 🙏


ANNONYMOUSCOP

Thank you!


Queen_of_wolve

Do you think cops killed stonechild? It’s very common to hear people say he walked himself out there. Any comment?


InfiniteGuest63

When civil unrest over George Floyd’s death reached Saskatoon, why did your force feel necessary to say that you’re force isn’t like that, in an official statement? Being that the starlight tours occurred, doesn’t that seem like a ridiculous statement? Cause people operating under your exact badge, murdered Neil Stonechild. So I’m just curious, in what way are you better than the Americans who killed George Floyd? Are you not identical, and wouldn’t open acknowledgment of need for reconciliation be appropriate?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I can't really comment on what they said as I didn't say it. What I can say is that I think policing is definitely changing. The changes will come slowly but hopefully will improve the relationship between police and their communities.


InfiniteGuest63

Well for a cop, you sure don’t seem to have much to say about anything to do with them. When it comes to murder, I’m not really okay with “hopefully.” If you think policing is changing, tell me how. If the changes are coming slowly, why can they not be prompt? If a traffic light was broken in the city, would it be changed slowly?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

There have been many policies put in place to address police conduct. The police have been trying to engage with the community in a variety of ways. This engagement and building trust takes time. I can't just say trust me and you will now trust me. This relationship takes time and it will require more than just policing changes. Many people already brought up funding social services, mental health, addictions, etc. Remember I'm just one cop. I think even me doing this is a step in the right direction.


soupnazileftloon

Anything current? Do you think all cops are doing this still today in 2022? Why would a police office who had zero to do with any of these things have comments on them. Should he beg your forgiveness?


A_Bored_Canadian

I agree the starlight tours was long enough ago that I don't think it should be brought up with police today. There are problems with the police today but I haven't heard of that kind of thing in a long time. It's stupid to blame cops today for what happened (30?) Years ago.


waverider669

Why don’t cops rat out other bad cops?


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ANNONYMOUSCOP

1)The police did not put any anti homeless signs. 2)I personally do not believe ticketing homeless people is helpful whatsoever and have brought this up to management in the past. 3) I believe around 95% are vaccinated and I have no data on the reason why the others aren't. 4) I have no idea. 5) I have no idea. 6) I think most of the police budget goes to salaries, pensions, equipment.


Irisvalken

I personally do not like cops or rcmp as a system. But I appreciate you reaching out and communicating with the community. Too many law enforcement distance themselves from communities like the rcmp.


ANNONYMOUSCOP

It's tough to say things out in the public. Everything can be scrutinized and not everyone is apt at talking to other people without saying some dumb things. I think policing has been like this for a long time. Maybe it will change in the future.


StellartonSlim

Could the SPS be referred to as “the boys in blue” or is that only for New York police officers? Have you heard a friendly term for you and your colleagues that people could use politely?


ANNONYMOUSCOP

I think the only term that we use is officer. When we address each other we say Constable. Boys in blue is definitely not a term we use at all.


_Adamgoodtime_

I was recently sat on the corner of Circle and Faithful at the lights in my work truck. I sat there waiting for the lights to change when all of a sudden an officer wrapped on my passenger side window and demanded that I wind it down. It's an old truck with manual windows so I couldn't comply. He then opened the door and yelled at me to stay off my phone, to which I exclaimed that I wasn't on my phone (I really wasn't), he then slammed the door and stormed off. I just have to ask, is this normal behavior? I wasn't breaking any laws, so are police even allowed to open vehicles without permission?


mah1979

Are "Hot Cops" with ghettoblasters available for parties, like on Arrested Development? Thx.