The following is a statement from Saskatoon Police Chief Troy Cooper in regard to the release today of the policy for Contact Interviews With The Public, developed by the Saskatchewan Police Commission.
The Saskatoon Police Service has received the policy released today by the Saskatchewan Police Commission on the practice of Contact Interviews With The Public. I want to acknowledge the process followed by the Commission and its work in taking into account all voices in this discussion. I understand that contact interviews, or “street checks” is a contentious issue across Canada and one that many groups have strong feelings about. Street checks are an important component of community policing, however there must be a balance in utilizing policing techniques and maintaining public confidence. I want to assure our community that our Service will be reviewing the policy in consultation with the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners and will develop an approach that will best meet the needs of our citizens.