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Regina Police Want to Improve Community Engagement with Monthly Patrols

Regina Police Want to Improve Community Engagement with Monthly Patrols
Regina Police Want to Improve Community Engagement with Monthly Patrols

Regina Police will be sending more than 80 officers onto the streets to improve community engagement one day per month.

To begin, officers will be on the streets in the Cathedral and Centre Square neighborhoods from mid-afternoon until approximately 10 p.m. CST on Wednesday. Police said the exercise will help them get feedback, analyze it and work on area-specific situations.

“We have the opportunity to listen and hopefully address their concerns. We also want people to have confidence when something goes wrong,” said Regina Police Chief Farooq Hassan Sheikh.

Sheikh said they will circle another area in Regina next month, with the goal of eventually covering every neighborhood in the city. He did not give a timeline for when this initiative might end.

Regina Police Chief Farooq Hassan Sheikh says officers will be inspecting another area in Regina next month, with the goal of eventually covering every neighbourhood in the city. (Alexander Quon/CBC)

A 2023 report on community perceptions of policing in Regina found that 19 per cent of 454 respondents said they wanted greater police visibility, a larger police presence, and more officers and patrols on the streets.

Sheikh said the police department referred to that report to come up with this plan for one day a month.

“Today we tried to clear our schedules. It took a while,” he said. “We can’t do it every day for everyone because our roles are difficult.”

When asked about ongoing efforts to increase police presence, Sheikh said the service will recruit six officers in October to patrol downtown Regina.

“As we do that, we may determine that we need more, but our long-term plan in the coming months is to deploy special agents who will provide visibility into the areas where we need more,” he said.