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Posted on: November 28, 2022

Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Investigation Unit

The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act 

 

An Act that gives citizens their community back by targeting structures that are frequently used for illegal activities. Holding property owners accountable for threatening or unsettling activities repeatedly taking place on their property. 

 

Question: How does the complaint process work? The process starts when one or more residents of a neighbourhood file a confidential complaint with the Director of Community Operations. If there is enough evidence to support the complaint, an investigation into the property is launched.” Government of Saskatchewan. (2018). It Only Takes One to Affect a Neighbourhood.

 

Question: Are complaints confidential? Yes, the identity of the person or persons making a complaint (complainant) is entirely confidential. No, person including the Director, can, without written consent of the complainant, disclose the identity of the complainant or any information by which the complainant may be identified to another person, court, government institution, local authority, or law enforcement agency. The complainant will not be involved in any investigation or court proceedings that may result from the complaint.” Government of Saskatchewan. (2018). It Only Takes One to Affect a Neighbourhood.

 

Question: After investigating a complaint of alleged criminal activity occurring at a property, what options does the Director of Community Operations have to remedy the Situation? The Director may:

  • Send a warning letter to the owner of the property or its occupant or to anyone else the Director considers appropriate.
  • Attempt to resolve the complaint by agreement or informal action. This could include using mediation/intervention techniques. 
  • If the property is a rental property, with the consent and authority of the landlord, apply to the Office of Residential Tenancies for an order to end the tenant’s tenancy agreement; or
  • Apply to the court for a community safety order.” Government of Saskatchewan. (2018). It Only Takes One to Affect a Neighbourhood.

 

For more information stop by the Town Office for a brochure or click the link provided to direct you to the SCAN website. 


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To make a report call: 1-855-933-6411

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