Crime Watch network important for law enforcement

Law enforcement agencies are promoting the importance of the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network (SCWAN).  

Created in 2019, the network allows people to be personally notified of crimes in their local area and directly assist police in keeping the community safe. The RCMP has partnered with the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network in southern Saskatchewan in a project that has been very successful thanks to members of the public.  

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The concept of the project is simple: notify the public of crimes in their area and allow them to be the eyes and ears of the police. When your local detachment becomes aware of a crime, they are able to notify members of the network through their phones or computers of details which can be used to help the police by phoning in tips.  

As described by the SCWAN website – “Imagine someone is spotted breaking into a cottage or a home. The witness calls 911 to report the crime and describe the suspect’s vehicle. Police go to the scene, but the suspect is often gone. Now, with a Saskatchewan Crime Watch advisory sent directly from the RCMP, the description of the suspect’s vehicle can be immediately sent to hundreds, if not thousands, of people in the area.  

“People who receive the advisory can call police when they see the vehicle. This gives the police a better chance of catching the offender(s), sooner.” 

Together the members of our communities across southern Saskatchewan are able to provide indispensable help to police services as they keep an eye out for criminal activity in their area.   

"We have been able to recover stolen property, lay charges, resolve suspicious persons complaints and make the public more aware of what is happening in their communities," said Assistant Commissioner Mark Fisher, the former Commanding Officer of the Saskatchewan RCMP. "We ask that everyone in the province join the network, so we can expand its reach and give more people an additional tool to help us solve crime." 

Signing up for the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network is easy and can be done from any phone or computer by visiting www.saskcrimewatch.ca and following the instructions on your screen.  

Carlyle RCMP would like to thank its partners and anyone who has joined the network to help make the community a safer place to live.  

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