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RCMP to ad­dress un­der­staffing

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - COMING UP - JOSHUA SANTOS

They are tasked with pro­tect­ing ru­ral ar­eas, out­skirts of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, but there seems to be a short­age of RCMP mem­bers in Saskatchewan.

The Moose Jaw RCMP is one of those un­der­staffed de­tach­ments. They have two va­can­cies right now.

“We had two po­ten­tial can­di­dates that were go­ing to come, how­ever one of them was able to get into the pro­mo­tional process,” said Sgt. Tim Schwartz of the Moose Jaw RCMP. “That can­celled their trans­fer here and that caused those two va­can­cies to re­main.”

One new mem­ber is to be trans­ferred from On­tario, Schwartz said, and they are just wait­ing for him to sell his house.

Assini­boia’s RCMP de­tach­ment is also un­der­manned. They have one po­si­tion open.

“We should have five con­sta­bles but we have four, and I’m not aware of us get­ting that po­si­tion filled any­time soon,” said Sgt. Don­ald Du­plis­sea of the Assini­boia RCMP. “I haven’t been in­volved in any of those dis­cus­sions.”

Schwartz said con­sta­bles might leave de­tach­ments for a num­ber of rea­sons, whether it’s to join a mu­nic­i­pal po­lice Now we’re find­ing a lot more mem­bers’ part­ners and spouses are work­ing out­side the RCMP. The mo­bil­ity for fam­i­lies is be­com­ing dif­fi­cult. Sgt. Tim Schwartz, Moose Jaw RCMP force for more money or a de­sire to stay in town. Un­like of­fi­cers in the Moose Jaw Po­lice Ser­vice or Regina Po­lice Ser­vice, the RCMP is not struc­tured to al­low a mem­ber to spend their en­tire 25- or 35year ca­reer in the same de­tach­ment.

“Now we’re find­ing a lot more mem­bers’ part­ners and spouses are work­ing out­side the RCMP. The mo­bil­ity for fam­i­lies is be­com­ing dif­fi­cult,” Schwartz added. “Peo­ple want to find some sta­bil­ity in their life and that’s a fac­tor.”

Du­plis­sea started work­ing in Assini­boia on July 31. He worked in On­tario, Bri­tish Columbia and three com­mu­ni­ties in the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries. This is his first ex­pe­ri­ence in Saskatchewan.

“For me it’s been en­joy­able. I love to travel. I love to see new peo­ple. I love new ad­ven­tures,” he said. “Some folks may want to stay in one area. I en­joy the abil-

ity to move. I didn’t re­al­ize how beau­ti­ful south­ern Saskatchewan was un­til I moved here.”

He said con­sta­bles typ­i­cally stay at de­tach­ments for three years but can stay for as long as five. There are some vari­ables that come into play as some of­fi­cers may be called up to fill a po­si­tion.

“If I ap­plied for a staff sergeant’s po­si­tion and was the suc­cess­ful can­di­date, I could be gone within a year,” he said.

In Moose Jaw, Schwartz had a con­sta­ble who had served here for five years leave re­cently and an­other leave in May. He said the RCMP is short on re­sources.

“They’ve been proac­tive in re­cruit­ing to try to reach in­di­vid­u­als that have an in­ter­est in polic­ing. There have been some changes to the ap­pli­ca­tion process to try to help stream­line the process as well,” he said. “How­ever there are still se­cu­rity clear­ances and a process that does take time.”

Cpl. Ryan Robert­son is part of the ‘F’ Di­vi­sion’s proac­tive re­cruit­ing unit. He at­tends ca­reer fairs with col­leges and or­ga­ni­za­tions, speak­ing with stu­dents in­ter­ested in a fu­ture with the RCMP.

“We pro­vide them with in­for­ma­tion as far as to what the RCMP of­fers as a ca­reer and the en­tire ap­pli­ca­tion process as well,” he said. “What they need to ap­ply, what the ap­pli­ca­tion process looks like and then what hap­pens when they go to train­ing and be­yond.”

Dur­ing the week, he vis­its towns once or twice a day to talk to stu­dents and host pre­sen­ta­tions about what train­ing is like and po­ten­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties. He said the stu­dents who have ex­pressed in­ter­est in join­ing the ranks want to stay in the prov­ince.

“If you are from the prov­ince of Saskatchewan and wanted to stay for your first post­ing in the prov­ince of Saskatchewan, we can guar­an­tee that,” Robert­son said.

That be­ing said, there are no guar­an­tees about where in the prov­ince new mem­bers would be posted. Ap­pli­cants are paid $13,000 and as­sured a job when they grad­u­ate.

“Any­body that’s 18 years of age can ap­ply to join provided that they’ll be 19 when they grad­u­ate train­ing. Train­ing is 26 weeks long,” said Robert­son.

JOSHUA SANTOS/TIMES-HER­ALD

Start­ing them early. Cpl. Ryan Robert­son is part of the F Di­vi­sion’s proac­tive re­cruit­ing unit spoke with chil­dren at St. Mary’s school re­cently.

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