Saskatchewan is bucking the "defund the police" trend by increasing the amount of funding for the Saskatoon police. The increase to Saskatoon is $70,000 for 2020-2021 according to CTV News. The total funding is now $5.88 million.
"This support from the province helps the Saskatoon police service work towards community safety in Saskatoon," said Mayor Charlie Clark via a press release.
"Community well-being is complex work, and we increasingly need to be reaching out and building partnerships between governments and agencies to find success in this area."
CTV reports that "$4.98 million, through the Ministry of Corrections and Policing, will support the renewal of the Police and Crisis team, as well as supporting the Integrated Crime Reductions Team and the Child Exploitation Program."
$900,000 more will go to fund five positions for the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative.
"Efforts of both prevention and enforcement around gang-activity, exploitation, and violence are critical to public safety in Saskatoon," said Police Chief Troy Cooper. "The continued support provided by the Province of Saskatchewan assists our officers as they address these issues."