April 29, 2014 12:57 pm

Future of community support program up in the air

The future of the community support program pilot project is up in the air after getting mixed reviews from some Saskatoon city councillors.

Brent McGillvray / Global News

SASKATOON – A pilot project in Saskatoon set to expire this July is getting mixed reviews, with one city councillor, Eric Olauson, calling it redundant.

Five uniformed officers hit the streets in July 2012 as part of the community support program, which blends community outreach with bylaw enforcement.

On average, officers deal with 44 incidents each week and issue 15 tickets.

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During Monday’s administration and finance committee meeting, council members said it was not worth the money as police are already called to deal with individuals anyway.

An amended reported was then requested.

“There’s soft support for continuing the program, so what we need to address is some of their concerns,” said Allan Wallace, director of planning and development for the city.

Wallace stated there are concerns around funding, operation and results.

“If we’re able to address those, we’ll bring that back in a second report and then perhaps there will be a different recommendation from the committee,” said Wallace.

Wallace said the program is funded from a portion of parking meter revenue and not through tax revenue.

The officers patrol the Riversdale, Broadway and downtown business improvement districts.

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