November 29, 2016 2:57 pm

Saskatchewan government committee to look at rising crime rates

A new Saskatchewan government committee created by Premier Brad Wall will look at ways to reduce rising crime rates in the province.

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has created a new government committee to look at rising crime rates in the province.

The six-member Saskatchewan Party committee will look at rising rural property crime rates and police presence in rural areas.

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It will also look at increases in gun and gang activity in urban centres and highly addictive drugs such as fentanyl.

“One of the main concerns I hear as I travel around Saskatchewan is crime,” Wall said in a statement.

“I have asked this new committee to focus on causes and make recommendations on what the province and our partners, like municipalities and police forces, can do to reduce crime.”

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The committee will consult with municipalities, police and other organizations before making its recommendations to Saskatchewan’s justice minister, cabinet and the government caucus.

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