Saskatchewan Provincial Police

The Saskatchewan Provincial Police was a police force in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan that existed from 1917 until 1928 under the Saskatchewan Provincial Police Act.[3]

Saskatchewan Provincial Police
Agency overview
Jurisdictional structure
Legal jurisdictionProvincial
Operational structure

Created in 1917 to replace the Royal Northwest Mounted Police (RNWMP), which was strained by involvement during World War I at the homefront with border patrols, enemy surveillance, and national security enforcement. The force took over provincial policing needs while national policing in Saskatchewan continued to be conducted by the RNWMP.

The force had a maximum strength ranging from 145 to 175 officers in the 1920s. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was contracted to act as the provincial police force[4] after increasing costs led the provincial government to outsource the service.[5] "F" Division is the RCMP's unit responsible for Saskatchewan.

Organization edit

The SPP was led by a Commissioner of Police:

  • Charles Augustus Mahoney (1869–1941) 1917–1928 – former veteran Ontario Provincial Police officer was Chief Constable of the Saskatchewan Secret Service 1911-1917 [6]

The force's rank and file consisted of a mix of former RNWMP officers, military personnel and others with no policing experience.

The other ranks on the force:

  • Assistant Commissioner
  • Inspector
  • Noncommissioned officer
  • sworn non-commissioned member
    • constable
    • Sergeant

The force had 79 detachments across the province[7] and commanding headquarters in Regina.

Beginning on April 1, 2022, the 450 member Provincial Protective Services branch began operating and will complement the work of RCMP and city police forces[8]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ [1], A Brief History of Policing in Canada, retrieved October 11, 2017
  2. ^ [2], A Brief History of Policing in Canada, retrieved October 11, 2017
  3. ^ [bare URL PDF]
  4. ^ "Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan-SPP". 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
  5. ^ "Saskatchewan Settlement Experience".
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2011-06-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Prairie History Blog - Stories from Our Past: The Saskatchewan Provincial Police". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  8. ^ "Sask. Launches Provincial Protective Services branch". April 2022.