Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatoon Police Service Missing Its Response Goals for Serious Calls

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatoon Police Service Missing Its Response Goals for Serious Calls

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Saskatoon police missing mark on serious calls

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SASKATOON - A report presented to Saskatoon's police board says the city's police department isn't hitting its target for responding to the most serious calls.

Police have a goal of making it to 80 per cent of priority one calls within 12 minutes, but according to the service's annual report card, they only hit the mark 61 per cent of the time last year.

Police Chief Clive Weighill says he's concerned the statistics are being skewed because several new types of calls were added to the "priority one" category over the last two years.

In the past, Weighill says only three or four types of calls such as homicides or officers needing assistance got the most serious ranking, but now he says assaults have been added to the list.

Weighill says the service is undergoing a full independent review of its operations, which is expected to wrap up before the end of the year. …

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