Spotlight: The Targeted Enforcement Section

The Targeted Enforcement Section is part of the Criminal Investigative Division and is made up of the Vice Unit, the Domestic Violence/Assault Unit and the SHOCAP Unit.

The Vice Unit is a proactive unit investigating crimes relating to the stroll area of Saskatoon, as well as alcohol and gaming regulations, child pornography, internet luring, escort services, massage parlors, exotic dancers and illegal gaming.

Vice continues to be actively involved in the Operation Help Program, which is an innovative, non-traditional, inter-agency team approach to the problems of the sex trade that focuses on alternate measures and uses positive support to encourage lifestyle changes. The Operation Help team includes Outreach Support, Aboriginal Court Liaison, EGADZ, Department of Community Resources, Elder Support, Legalities and the SPS.

The mandate of the Domestic Violence/Assault Unit is a broad one. Among the types of complaints that this unit investigates are incidents of domestic violence between past or current intimate partners, threats against individuals, criminal harassment, stalking, peace bond applications and elder abuse. What sets many of these files apart from other police investigations is that often the crisis for the victim is on-going and involves the potential for future harm.

In addition, these investigators are also assigned files involving serious but non-lethal assaults such as aggravated assaults and assaults resulting in bodily harm.

The Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program (SHOCAP) involves officers who meet regularly with workers from Corrections and Public Safety and prosecutions in order to deal with the supervision of individuals involved in serious crime within our community. These individuals are generally placed on Court imposed conditions for release within the community. The conditions are monitored and suggestions for other conditions are made in order to ensure compliance and crime-free lifestyle.  The Break and Enter Comprehensive Action Program (BECAP) was developed to deal with individuals involved in Break and Enter offences.

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