The Saskatoon Police Service estimates that nearly 1900 hours of Officers time has been saved as a result of the public filing minor police reports through the online reporting system so far this year.
A total of 4809 reports were taken online in 2016, saving approximately $166,500. Using an estimate of .75 hours per call, this equates to a savings of 3562.5 hours that otherwise would have been needed to respond to those complaints through a traditional dispatched call.
So far in 2017, a total of 2528 reports have been made using the online system saving an estimated $101,120.
The most common types of reports include; Theft Under $5000, Theft from Vehicle under $5000, Graffiti, and Mischief.
Residents can file reports online at saskatoonpolice.ca, or by downloading the free SPS mobile app for iOS and Android devices. In the fall, citizens will have a third option as terminals are planned to be installed in the lobby of the Headquarters building. This will allow complainants to make minor reports rather than waiting in line at the Service Centre.
Online reporting was introduced in February of 2011 as a mechanism to allow people to file non-emergency reports at their convenience as well as reduce the number of dispatched calls for Officers.