Saskatoon’s crime rate has been steadily decreasing for the past several years. A recent study conducted for the city found that, overall, people feel safe here. Of those surveyed, 88 per cent reported feeling safe while walking or cycling in public areas.
Always looking for ways to improve safety, the City of Saskatoon has adopted the principles of Safe Growth and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). Information about CPTED and helpful brochures on neighbourhood and home safety can be found on the city’s website.
In Saskatoon (or anywhere in Saskatchewan) dial 911 for police, fire or medical emergencies when immediate action is required: a life or property is in danger, a crime is in progress, or you have a medical emergency.
Saskatoon’s security and protective services include:
Saskatoon Police Service – The Saskatoon police service employs 650 staff who currently work out of nine locations throughout the city. A new, centralized headquarters in the downtown core is currently under construction with an expected completion in late 2013.
Fire and Protective Services – The City of Saskatoon operates nine fire stations with a team of 260 firefighters and officers. Twelve dispatchers work in shifts around the clock to maintain a high standard of response in emergency situation.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) – In Saskatchewan, the RCMP is responsible for preventing and investigating crime involving federal, provincial and municipal statutes; maintaining order; enforcing laws; contributing to national security; ensuring the safety of state officials, visiting dignitaries and foreign missions; and providing vital operational support services to other police and law enforcement agencies.
MD Ambulance - As a leader in Emergency Medical Services, MD Ambulance provides quality, pre-hospital care throughout Saskatoon. With over 100 paramedics, the company responds to more than 23,000 calls per year.
STARS Air Ambulance – The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) provides helicopter air ambulance service to approximately 90 per cent of the province’s population. Operating from a base at the Saskatoon airport, (with another base in Regina) STARS helicopters allow rescue workers to respond to emergencies in rural, remote and First Nations communities throughout Saskatchewan.