April 2, 2015 9:48 am
Updated: April 2, 2015 9:50 am

Saskatoon police redeploying 16 officers to patrol duty

Saskatoon police trims number of officers being redeployed to patrol units to 16 from 24.

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SASKATOON – Saskatoon Police Service is pulling a number of officers from other units and putting them on patrol duty. Chief Clive Weighill says patrol units can’t keep up with the number of calls coming in and they need to redirect resources.

On Tuesday, officers from 27 units were asked to choose which members they could give up and put back on the street.

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The original goal was to pull 24 officers. That was been lowered to 16 coming from 10 different units including traffic and street gang units, but not the drug unit.

“We certainly didn’t want to dig into the drug units,” said Weighill.

“We were looking at members from the drug unit originally but as we had our discussions (Tuesday) we thought it so prudent with what’s been happening in the city here recently.”

The officers are expected to move to their new positions as early as June.

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