SPS Peacekeeper Cadet Program

The Saskatoon Police Service Peacekeeper Cadet Program was launched in October 2014 at Princess Alexandra Community School with the Guidance and partnership of the Saskatoon Public School’s Dream Brokers Program as a way to help develop stronger connections with students, in grades 4 through 8, and the SPS.

The Cadet Program’s overall goals are Peacekeeper Cadetsfocused in three areas: building trust; physical fitness; and citizenship and culture. Some of the broader values embraced by the program include fostering leadership, discipline, individual goal setting, education, participation in organized sports and community involvement.

In its first year, the inaugural Cadets were allowed to take ownership of the program and were the ones who developed the expectations and goals that the group as a whole will continually strive towards. These goals would guide the program and set a benchmark for the future: listen and be respectful; work hard in everything we do; help each other, family and community; be a good influence to those around me; and be a positive role model.

A typical meeting includes physical activity such as drill or sports, learning opportunities through guest and community speakers and hands-on activities, and connection and teachings with Indigenous Elders.

The Cadet program runs from October through May and preference is given to students from Princess Alexandrea School or with other schools with a Dream Broker program.

The program has helped forge strong bonds between the Cadets and the Police Officers involved. In turn, the experiences shared by the Cadets with their friends and families have contributed to better relationships and greater understanding for both Police and all those connected to the school and Cadet program.

Through the connections between the Cadets and the SPS, there have been other opportunities for the Cadets that take place outside the normal weekly meetings, notably the Horizon 100 Cycling Club Youth Program and Racing for Respect.

In the past two years, the Cadets were chosen to take part in the Horizon 100 Cycling Club Youth Program. Here they meet weekly to learn about proper biking and care, technical mastery (bike-handling skills), cycling safety, learning to express speed through increased effort, and building distance and endurance. With the commitment to the program and completion of the final race – the 40 km Gran Fond – the Cadets are allowed to keep their bike.

Peacekeeper CadetsMost recently, in 2015, the Cadet program was approached by the Wyant Group Raceway, as they along with many other sponsors, wanted to get the Cadets involved in a racing program – Racing for Respect. The initiative is believed to be the first inner-city racing team. A Bandolero car was purchased and a racing team was chosen out of the Cadets. The Saskatoon Police Peacekeeper Cadets racing team will be in action all summer, helping to keep the kids connected during the summer months.

2016 Peacekeeper Cadets

2016 Peacekeeper Cadets

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Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

Whether it’s a break and enter, physical injury, or losing a loved one to violent crime, being a victim or a survivor of crime can be a traumatic event in one’s life. Victims and survivors need support systems to lean on, whether it’s to help them heal, find safety, or guidance and support through a difficult judicial process. With those reasons in mind, hundreds of programs across the country that offer support, research and education.

The Victim Services program in Saskatoon opened its doors in May of 1993. Their role is two-fold and may be described as facilitators and liaisons and help victims maneuver through the Criminal Justice System. Since 1993, client load has increased by over 100 clients per month. Contact is initiated with 400-500 victims monthly.

Victim Services provides victims and survivors of crime with information and support to make the best choices for themselves. Support workers provide victims with resources in the community such as counseling agencies, support groups, shelters and information about financial resources available.

In 1997, Victim Services began delivering services to victims in the rural areas surrounding Saskatoon. The RCMP proposed a partnership with Victim Services so that members of Saskatoon and Warman Detachments could utilize the services offered to the residents of Saskatoon. This partnership increased our population base by approximately 20,000 people.

The addition of the Aboriginal Resource Officers added an expertise on Indigenous issues. Many of the clients served are of Indigenous ancestry and in order to ensure a culturally appropriate and sensitive service for Indigenous victims, it is necessary to have such a resource available.

As we recognize this week as Victims and Victim Services Staff & VolunteersSurvivors of Crime Week, we want to take a moment to acknowledge and give thanks to the staff and volunteers of our Victim Services that do so much work during and after investigations to help those that need it.

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Cst. Beerling and S/Cst. Fabe Win Awards for Work during August 2014 Incident

November was a great month for the Saskatoon Police Service as two members were recognized as recipients of two very prestigious awards. They were recognized for their skills, but it was how they used those skills in a specific incident that earned them the top honours.

S/Cst Fabe is presented with the APCO Canada Telecommunicator of the Year Award at a banquet in Niagara Falls, ON, in November 2015.

S/Cst Fabe is presented with the APCO Canada Telecommunicator of the Year Award at a banquet in Niagara Falls, ON, in November 2015.

On August 12, 2014, just before 4:00 a.m., Special Constable Kim Fabe answered a call from a very agitated male. She learned that he was in his basement with a gun and threatened to shoot both himself and any police officers if they came to his house. While officers were dispatched, S/Cst Fabe kept the man talking which prevented him from hanging up on her. She was calm, composed and very patient which enabled her to develop rapport with the man, even in his distressed state. Using her skills and ingenuity, she was able to gather critical information to relay to responding officers, such as the man was in possession of a rifle and had approximately 30 rounds of ammunition, and that while he was in the basement, there was someone upstairs, and there was only one way in and out. Despite hearing him cock his gun and discharge it several times, S/Cst Fabe maintained her composure so much so that the Crisis Negotiator responding felt confident leaving her as the phone contact until he was able to set up at the scene to make contact. The conversation with the suspect only ended when his cell phone died.

Cst. Ryan Beerling was the Crisis Negotiator that was called to the scene that August morning. He spent 13 hours negotiating a peaceful resolution with the suspect. During that time, the suspect fired multiple shots at officers, and as the situation appeared to be worsening, Cst. Beerling’s continued efforts led to the suspects eventual surrender.

Cst Ryan Beerling was awarded the 2015 National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Crisis Negotiators Award in November 2015.

Cst Ryan Beerling was awarded the 2015 National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Crisis Negotiators Award in November 2015.

Due to the skills of both S/Cst Fabe and Cst Beerling, nobody was injured during this incident that spanned the better part of a day. The suspect was taken into custody and given the help that he needed.

For their work, S/Cst Fabe received the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Canada Telecommunicator of the Year Award, and Cst. Beerling received the 2015 National Tactical Officers Association (of the United States) Crisis Negotiators Award. Cst. Beerling was also nominated for his work on another active shooter incident.

Thank you, S/Cst Fabe and Cst Beerling, for your continued efforts to doing the best job, and congratulations on your achievements!

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