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In a press release, the government says that Mr Cameron will have the task of developing the service with a view to its implementation in 2026. (Archive photo)

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The Saskatchewan government announced Wednesday the appointment of former police officer Robert Cameron as head of the new provincial police, also known as the Saskatchewan Marshals Service (SMS).

He worked for several decades in policing and retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 2018. He then took a position with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Corrections, Policing and Public Safety as Director General of Police. Since 2019, he has served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Saskatchewan Policing and Community Safety Services.

In a press release, the government notes that Mr Cameron will be tasked with developing the service with a view to launching it in 2026.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">We are confident, given his breadth of experience and in-depth understanding of provincial and municipal policing, that Mr. Cameron is the best candidate to lead the Saskatchewan Marshals Service, said the Minister of Correctional Services, of Police and Public Safety, Paul Merriman.

The Saskatchewan Marshals Service (SMS) will be made up of 70 officers. According to the provincial government, this provincial police force will have to ensure a reinforced police presence throughout Saskatchewan.

This new provincial police force has the mission, among other things, to detect, dismantle and prevent criminal activities mainly in rural and remote areas.

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The police force also aims to track down and arrest prolific high-risk offenders and assist in investigations into property thefts in rural areas.

In a statement, the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP) expresses skepticism of Mr. Cameron's nomination.

The party's corrections and policing spokesperson, Nicole Sarauer, questions the degree of independence of the Saskatchewan Marshals Service (SMS) from Mr. Merriman.< /p>

According to her, the increase in the number of RCMP officers in Saskatchewan as well as treatment spaces for mental health and dependencies would be a better use of public funds that would more immediately address public safety concerns.

With information from The Canadian Press

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