Community Safety Officers
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 Strategy and 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 offenses, 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.