Saskatoon Police Service
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In 1882 the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) established a detachment in Saskatoon. In 1889, Constable Clisby of the NWMP was established as Saskatoon's first permanent police officer.
In 1977 a new police station was opened on the spot of the old station which was demolished, which was transitioned to a parking lot. An abandoned tunnel still exists underground stretching from the parking lot, across 23rd street to the old post office. The new building cost roughly $5.5 million (1977) and has a floor space of 101,000 feet squared.
In 2010 the city of Saskatoon drew plans to extend 25th street to Idylwyld Drive and this is to be the location for the new police station. Construction began 2011 and was completed in July 2014. The transition to the new building took place on July 22, 2014. The complete project cost $122 million (2014) and should serve as the central headquarters for up to 50 years.
International police peacekeeping operations
With struggling police forces worldwide there is a need for trained police officers to help training these forces. During 2009 and 2010 Constable Andrew Johnstone went to Afghanistan to train their police, and Sergeant Patrick Barbar in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Other members of the SPS have worked in other countries for other UN operations, such as Sergeant Darcel Pittman and former Deputy Chief Keith Atkinson in Kosovo in 2000.
They play widely varying roles within each mission, from patrolling streets and training police recruits to providing humanitarian assistance, ensuring security for elections and investigating human rights violations.
Departments and special departments.
As of 2012 the SPS has 510 sworn officers, and 134 civilian positions. The ranks are as follows:
Accusations against the Saskatoon Police Service have resulted in public inquiries. One such inquiry took place in 2006. It involved the investigation into the murder of a nursing student in Saskatoon in 1969. David Milgaard was convicted of this murder but was later cleared of this charge through DNA evidence which was unavailable at the time of his trial.