@SaskatoonPolice what’s the deal I’m seeing patrol traffic units working around North Battleford and hwy 7?
— David Holmes (@dtholmes14) February 7, 2015
If you’ve ever read some of our media releases relating to drug busts, you’re likely familiar with the SIDEST Unit – it stands for Saskatoon Integrated Drug Enforcement Street Team. The key word here is ‘integrated’, meaning a partnership with the RCMP. Other integrated units include CFSEU, ICE and IOCN.
Last June, we announced another integrated unit dedicated to traffic enforcement – the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS), a partnership with the RCMP and SGI.
The creation of this unit came as a recommendation from the Saskatchewan Legislature all-party traffic safety report and when the laws for distracted, impaired and excessive speeding changed to include harsher penalties.
Here are the details:
- Each unit will consist of 30 officers, 15 from existing provincially funded positions and 15 new officers funded by SGI. Of these;
- 50 officers (25 per unit) will come from the RCMP
- 10 officers (5 per unit) will be SPS members
These two units will be enforcing traffic laws on highways in central and southeastern Saskatchewan so if you see an SPS vehicle outside of city limits, now you will know why.