The Saskatchewan Government has established a Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit in Prince Albert to address illegal activity in residential and commercial properties.
According to the Ministry of Corrections and Policing, the three-person Prince Albert SCAN unit will work in cooperation with the Prince Albert Police Service to “identify and disrupt illegal activity” by targeting properties rather than people, and ending illicit activity without laying criminal charges.
“We are very pleased to have three SCAN officers now based out of Prince Albert,” Acting Police Chief Jeff Rowden said in a statement. “The addition of this team will no-doubt strengthen and enhance the safety of our community and surrounding region.”
SCAN most commonly responds to complaints of suspected drug and gang activities, according to the ministry, and works with landlords and building owners on a variety of enforcement methods up to and including evictions.
In an official statement announcing the unit’s creation, Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said SCAN has been successful in other communities, and she expects that to continue in the P.A. region.
“SCAN has an excellent track record of working with police and local organizations to create safe and healthy communities,” Tell said. “This expansion will provide more opportunities to build on this mandate, not just in Prince Albert, but in the surrounding communities as well.”
Anyone wishing to submit a complaint to the SCAN unit can do so through the provincial website.
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