City of North Battleford - Saskatchewan

Community Safety Strategy

The Community Safety Strategy was developed in 2014 to combat the real and perceived concerns about safety in North Battleford. In the strategy, it is recognized that the root causes of community safety concerns and crime include poverty, lack of security of food and shelter, lack of education, addictions and mental health issues. Therefore, community safety must be managed in a proactive, holistic, service-based approach. Actions must be ongoing and can not only occur in reaction to serious events.

The North Battleford Community Safety Strategy comprises five pillars:

  • Creating opportunities
  • Helping individuals and complex families
  • Co-ordinating existing and seeking new programs
  • Preventing and suppressing crime
  • Engaging people within the regional community

Important Documents:

What to do if you find a needle or pipe, click here to view the informational poster.
For assistance on a needle pick up, call 911 and ask for Fire Department assistance.

Needle drop-box locations

  • 1100 Block of 102nd Street - across from Kramer Building
  • Frontier Mall parking lot
  • Battleford's Indian & Métis Friendship Centre
  • The Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords

The following services and initiatives have been implemented under the Community Safety Strategy:

Battlefords Citizens on Patrol

In this program, concerned residents, business owners or operators volunteer their time to assist RCMP in identifying suspicious activity or crime in progress and reporting that information to the RCMP. For their own safety, Citizens on Patrol volunteers travel in pairs and take careful notes during their patrols. One of the main features of this initiative is creating opportunities for more "eyes on the street" monitoring activity and providing information to the RCMP.

To join the team, interested individuals can download the Citizens on Patrol registration form and turn it into City Hall or fill out the Form below and conveniently submit their application online.


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Community Safety Officers

CSO/Municipal Enforcement phone number: 306-445-1775

In conjunction with the Province of Saskatchewan, the City of North Battleford has been granted to appoint Special Constables/Peace Officers which are referred to as Community Safety Officers. CSOs work in close collaboration with RCMP members in order to enhance community safety and security.

As of June 2017, the City of North Battleford Community Safety Officer (CSO) Program is the first two-tiered system in Canada where a Municipal Bylaw Force is enforcing municipal, provincial and federal legislation.

The Program is an integral part of the City’s Community Safety Strategyand was launched in 2014, in conjunction with the Province of Saskatchewan. 

Community Safety Officers are distinct and separate from regular RCMP members, and they are considered to be a municipal element to assist the Battlefords RCMP Detachment.   

Duties of the CSOs include nine acts under Part V of the Saskatchewan Police Act of 1990 as well as the following enhanced duties, that came into effect June 1, 2017: 

  • Authority to investigate certain low-risk, not-in-progress Criminal Code offences, such as vandalism or theft under $5,000
  • Authority to investigate certain reportable, non-injury motor vehicle collisions within the city limits of North Battleford

These changes divert such investigations to the CSOs, thereby freeing RCMP recourses to manage much more serious investigations or crimes-in-progress.

The City of North Battleford is proud to be the pioneer in the CSO Program and looks forward to the continuing service and support of all Community Safety Officers as the program continues to grow and evolve.

CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)

This multi-disciplinary approach aims to deter criminal behaviour through environmental design and community capacity building through locally-driven public safety initiatives. Initially developed in the 1960’s it has expanded and developed over the decades to now where it has gained wide international acceptance. North Battleford uses these principals as part of the overall Community Safety Strategy to build a stronger and safer community for everyone.

City Council has approved the formation of a CPTED Committee consisting of managers from several City Departments as well as Fire, CSOs and RCMP. The role of this committee is to oversee implementation of projects that are based on CPTED principals.

Download the Residential Security Brochure here.

Block Parties

"The safest communities in the world are the ones where people know their neighbours", Herb Sutton, Community Safety Coordinator. That's why the City of North Battleford promotes Block Parties.

Why you should host a Block Party in Your Neighbourhood

Download the Block Party How-To Guide, the Temporary Street Use Permit.

Crime free Multi-Housing Program

The program is intended to reduce crime and increase safety in multi-unit rental facilities and buildings through education and physical changes to the buildings.

Eyes That Care

This initiative empowers residents who want to address the preventable crime challenges that North Battleford is facing and encourages residents to do the following:

  • Sign up for the Eyes That Care Program
  • Meet neighbours and share contact information
  • Watch for any suspicious activity
  • Report any suspicious activity to the RCMP
  • Remove all valuables from vehicles
  • Lock up personal property
  • Ensure that vehicles are locked, and the keys are on the person, NOT inside the vehicle.

 In exchange for residents committing to this project, the City provides a solar motion sensor light thanks to the support of Canadian Tire and an Eyes That Care sign to be displayed in the front window.

The ultimate goal is to reduce preventable crimes such as vehicle thefts and residential break-ins by 10%.

Apply now

Fill out the Form below and conveniently submit your application online.

Yes, I want to join Eyes That Care, help keep my community safer, and receive my FREE Security Light!

Elderly residents and anyone with health or mobility restrictions can request assistance for installing the lights.

I will indemnify and save harmless the City, including its elected and appointed members, officers or employees or other party for whom the City is responsible, from all liabilities, fines, suits, claims, demands, actions and costs of any kind and nature for which the Applicant, its officers, employees and agents shall or may become liable or suffer by reason of the installation of the Light upon their property, whether or not caused by any negligent act, error or omission of the City or its officers or employees.

HUB Table

A team of designated staff from government ministries meet regularly to address community safety and wellness issues by delivering services to those in need before they enter criminality or experience serious difficulty in other areas.


In 2014, in conjunction with the Community Safety Strategy, the City of North Battleford agreed to the amalgamation of the Battlefords municipal and provincial RCMP detachments. This tremendous relationship continues and is an integral component.

For more information on the Battlefords RCMP click here.

First Nations-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI)

In 2017 the City of North Battleford has entered into a 3-year agreement with Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC) to work together on a regional economic development plan.

CEDI aims to improve the economic prosperity of participating municipalities and adjacent First Nations through joint community economic development and land use planning. CEDI is a joint initiative of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando).

SAGE (Safety, Acceptance, Guidance, Empowerment)

This community-based group emerged out of a need to address community safety within the City of North Battleford. The members are committed to working with the community to develop and implement a strategic plan. As a result, SAGE has focused its efforts on a community engagement model. Community safety impacts everyone in our community, and as a result, everyone needs to be involved.

Community members who want to help build a safer City are welcome to join the SAGE team. Contact Herb Sutton ( for more details.

Download the SAGE image brochure here.

Security Camera Registry

Business owners and residents in the Battlefords area can help protect our community. All you need to do is register the location of your security cameras with Battlefords Citizens on Patrol Program. The information will be shared with the RCMP and Community Safety Officers. This registration information will remain confidential. Should an incident occur in the area, RCMP or CSOs may contact you to view security footage.

Register your cameras now with the form below.

Outdoor Security Camera Assistance Program

This program aims to reimburse people who have bought a new security camera system. Please read the policy to make sure you meet all the requirements. Once you have read the policy, fill out the application and submit it to the City Clerk.

Security camera registration form


For more information on the Community Safety Strategy or any of the initiatives, contact:

Randy Patrick, City Manager, 306-445-1727