Twitter Q & A: Traffic Stops

Likely, you’ve all witnessed a traffic stop, and if you have, you will have noticed the way that we position our vehicles. When stopped for a traffic violation, motorists are required to safely pull over to the right side of the road and stop. The Police Cruiser then pulls in behind them, but offset a bit. Last week, we were questioned why.

The simple answer is that Officers are trained to place a great deal of emphasis on their safety and yours so they can do the job of protecting the public and ensuring everyone’s safety. Positioning their vehicles in such a manner forces traffic to slow down in the nearby lanes, and acts as a safety barrier when the Officer is out of their vehicle. Consider the diagram below.

Traffic Stop positioning

If the motorist ever needed to get out of their vehicle, the cruiser acts as a safety barrier for them as well.

We understand this might be an inconvenience to some, but we’re just trying to keep ourselves safe!

For more information on traffic stops, please visit our website.

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Operation ID: Mark your property

The display of an Operation ID sticker can act as a strong theft deterrent to criminals. This is because they know that marked items can be positively identified by the owner.

Criminals are also aware that ‘fences’, or receivers of stolen property are reluctant to buy marked items, for the same reasons they are reluctant to sell them.

A criminal found in possession of marked stolen property gives additional evidence for police to charge them with possession of stolen property.

Getting started

Mark all valuable items with a number that is unique to your company (ex, a phone number) or company name. It would be best to have both name and number marked on the item.

If the equipment can be ordered with the number permanently stenciled or engraved by the manufacturer, that is the best option. If that’s not possible, an electric engraver or a security UV pen can be used to mark the items.

Once the items are marked, post decals on equipment storage units.

Operation Identification

Operation Identification

Tips to prevent crime

  • Even if you have marked your property for identification, keep a record of the serial numbers, make, and model of item
  • Use a high security lock with reinforced shackles or shackle covers to deter thieves from cutting it off with a bolt cutter
  • Do not leave tools unsecured in construction sites overnight
  • Do not leave building materials unsecured overnight
  • For maximum deterrence, the ID number should be non-removable and readily visible
  • Keep a record of what items are marked and where the mark is placed

Crime Prevention… It’s up to you!

Operation Identification is only one step in preventing theft. Taking additional measures such as making sure there is good lighting and high security locks and other security precautions on the job site will help to further reduce crime.

Operation Identification is designed to deter the theft of valuable items from your business. It will help to provide police with a way to easily identify stolen, or lost property and quickly return it back to the rightful owner.

The Saskatoon Police Service encourages you to reduce your risk of loss by participating in Operation Identification. 

For more information on this crime prevention program, please contact:

Saskatoon Police Service Community Liaison Unit:
Cst. Hal Lam (306) 975-8032
Cst. Kim Robson (306) 975-2265

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Welcome, Matrix!

A few months ago, Cst. Joel Lalonde and his family said goodbye to Diego, a Police Service dog, and family member.

On July 31, Cst. Lalonde’s newest partner, Matrix, completed training and is now a fully operational member of the Canine Unit. Matrix is a 15-month old Belgian Malinois, a breed that is a first for the SPS. In just a few days on the job, he has already assisted in the arrest of two persons, and recovered property in a third instance.

PSD Matrix

PSD Matrix

Welcome, Matrix!

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Happy Batman Day!

Did you know that Batman is the only superhero that doesn’t have super powers? In the graphic novels and movies, he’s equipped with a plethora of gizmos and gadgets, AND a desire to help people. Just like Police Officers. We have the tools to fight and investigate crime, and keep people safe. The only thing we’re missing is maybe a cape!

As such, we’d like to wish Batman, and all of our fellow crime fighters in law enforcement, a Happy ‘Batman’ Day!


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Twitter Q & A: Fraud Awareness Tip

Recently had this question come in through our Twitter account and thought it would be a great fraud awareness tip to share with others! Here is the question:

Answer: Yes, this is true. Skimmers have become very savvy and take out the blocking mechanism inside the machine so the card goes in further. This allows them to read the magnetic strip with all your banking information on it.

If a machine is taking in the chip too far, it has been tampered with! Let the business know and notify your banks about being compromised!

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Tour of the new HQ

Check out the below timeline from Twitter that detailed our tour through the nearly-complete Saskatoon Police Service Headquarters!


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A Police Officer’s Mental Health

The concept of mental health is a hot topic – both in and out of police circles. The connection between Policing and mental health continues to be examined on different levels. It is no surprise that Police, being first responders, are involved daily in face-to-face interactions with members of our community that struggle with mental health issues.

On the flip side, the stigmatized topic of a police officer’s mental health also needs to be addressed; who takes care of those who take care of others?

Many people, officers included, may believe the police are highly trained emergency personnel and that this somehow excludes them from the emotions of traumatic events.

On the surface the first responder gets the job done and through the high-level training, seems impervious to the pain of the people who they have just helped. I can assure you that this is far from the truth. We are human and trauma affects us all quite differently. Sometimes it will affect you immediately, but often it may not affect you until down the road.

I vividly remember attending my first fatal car crash years ago. It was a blur of frenzy and chaos – people standing around to watch the emergency personnel work midst the tragedy of the situation.

I got to the scene at 9:30 p.m. I was there to do a job; I had been trained and knew what was expected of me. I secured the scene, getting the injured off to the hospital. I talked to witnesses and took statements. I even had to tell a family the heart-wrenching news of tragedy.

It was a whirlwind of stress, emotion and high energy to get done what was needed. I remember finishing my report and walking down to Central Records to hand in my officer notes, and looking at the clock and seeing it now read 3:00 a.m.

I didn’t think too much about the call after that, until I was driving home later that morning. It dawned on me that even though we are highly trained to do our jobs, we are still human. Not a time goes by that I pass that intersection that I don’t think about the tragedy that I was a part of many years ago.

For an officer to end up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not uncommon. Most people think that PTSD happens when one experiences a single traumatic event, but this is only partially true. PTSD can also be cumulative, when a person with years and years of experiences and countless traumatic events. This is common place in the careers of many emergency services and military personnel.

A sad story surfaced a few months back when a Staff Sargent with the Hamilton Police Service (HPS) in Ontario took his own life. S/Sgt Ian Matthews suicide has brought the whispered subject of police mental health into the light. It’s unfortunate that it has taken somebody’s life to see that the elephant in the room needs to be acknowledged. If you read anything else today, read this article written by a colleague of S/Sgt Matthews.

Police services today teach their officers to be tactically ready to deal with anything the streets throw their way, but what about after the dust settles? What does an officer do after the days, weeks, or years pass and the emotions come flooding back? This training is just as important.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor’s course, which is put on by The Mental Health Commission of Canada. It was great – it helped to prepare me to instruct fellow officers in the MHFA two-day course. I’m very pleased with the Saskatoon Police Service’s forward thinking and getting its officers educated and trained in this often stigmatized and misunderstood area. The simple skills that the MHFA framework teaches are invaluable for frontline personnel. We are not there to diagnose or act as psychologists, but merely to apply mental first aid to those in crisis and hopefully stabilize them until they get the help they need.

Educating front line personnel on how to handle people suffering with mental disorders is a step in the right direction but we have to look at ourselves as officers as well. This will assist in emotionally bulletproofing us for our jobs on the front line, but also in our personal lives. With more training and understanding of mental health issues hopefully this will move us closer to understanding and de- stigmatizing an all too common issue.

Take Care,

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Why Pink?

Post by Cst. Matt Maloney (Cultural Resources Unit)

Pink is just a colour, no different than red, green or blue. But what it has become, is much more than a colour. It’s become a symbol for those who want to stand up and speak out about against bullying and the effect that bullying has.

As members of the Police Service, we regretfully see the ugly side of those effects. It hurts our community, our schools, families and most of all, the individuals. These individuals can do as little as wear the wrong color of shirt on the first day at a new school. That’s when you stand up like Travis Price and David Shepard. They saw the exclusion of a student and took a stand against it. They decided, on that day, not to be bystanders and drew their line in the sand. It was a simple gesture but it took guts, it took passion and it took empathy. They decided to stop thinking and start doing!

In doing so, they empowered not only this youth, but their community, their school and now, people around the world. Every year, over 8 million people worldwide celebrate this movement as the Day of Pink.

The challenge we face is not to make it just for a single day. Remember, pink is just a color but exercising what it stands for is what we need to do every day! Everyone deserves to be respected and we will continue to encourage others to join in the movement to make it an everyday practice.

Day of Pink

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In Memory of Diego

The SPS is mourning the loss of one of its police service dogs.

On March 14, 2014, Diego, a seven and a half year old German Shepherd, passed away following a short bout with cancer. He had been with the SPS for five years.

Diego was a highly trained and accomplished PSD. He was the only SPS canine with explosive detection abilities and as such was sent to Regina to sniff out Mosaic Stadium prior to the Grey Cup last year.

While he was very successful, Cst. Lalonde remembers Diego’s first ‘catch’ – if you can call it that. PSDs are trained for protection and apprehension. However, when Diego tracked down his first suspect, he instead gave him a dog kiss instead of using the usual apprehension tactics.

He eventually got the hang of it and during his tenure with the SPS, Diego and Cst. Lalonde played a part in nabbing nearly 150 bad guys. That doesn’t include the hundreds of other tracks they did in search of people or in the collection of evidence.

Life with the SPS wasn’t always all work and no play. Cst. Lalonde and Diego visited many organizations and schools. One such event was the K9 Cops for Kids Christmas Campaign in 2012. Diego’s demeanor and floppy ear brought smiles to the faces of the children and their families that would be spending their Christmas in the hospital.

Diego will be missed by Cst. Lalonde and his family, as well as the entire Saskatoon Police Service.

PSD Diego

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Long-time SPS Volunteer to be Honoured

It is said that Saskatchewan is known for volunteer spirit and Ms. Doreen Brown embodies that spirit having lived a life of service to her community. She had a long career at St. Paul’s Hospital, touching many lives in the process.

Doreen (left) with SPS Volunteers at the 2012 Exhibition Parade.

Doreen (left) with SPS Volunteers at the 2012 Exhibition Parade.

Since 2001, Doreen Brown has volunteered as the Coordinator for the SPS Volunteer Program. She organizes, recruits and leads volunteers to represent our Service at public events and conferences. She makes a special effort to get to know each volunteer, meeting with them once they express interest, and making sure they are as committed as she has been in representing the SPS. Ms. Brown has limitless energy and patience in coordinating people from a variety of backgrounds and ensures that each event is well staffed and supported.

The annual Rotary Badge, Shield and Star Recognition Dinner is being held on April 10 and this year the SPS will be honouring Ms. Brown with the Badge Award, a special citizen recognition.


Keynote speakers at the dinner include retired SPS Sgt. Ernie Louttit and singer-songwriter, Donny Parenteau.

Proceeds from the dinner enable the Rotary Club of Saskatoon to continue to support and grow the Rotary Restorative Action Program, a unique and successful restorative justice program currently operating in Mount Royal, Bedford Road, E.D. Feehan, Bethlehem, Bishop James Mahoney, Tommy Douglas and Walter Murray collegiates.

Tickets are $125 each or $1,000 for a table of 8. You can purchase your tickets or table here.

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