The WPS received 69 calls for service during the week of March 8 to 14, resulting in 13 charges being laid under the Criminal Code of Canada and nine under the Traffic Safety Act.
The relatively quiet week for calls on March 8-14 came at a good time as the Weyburn Police Service was busy on another front, with the annual recertification and continuous training that’s required to keep its officers current and up to date on procedures and the modern day challenges of policing.
Training and development never stops for a police officer. As an applicant, prior to being selected for the initial training, you must pass the screening process which includes medical clearance, security clearance, a physical abilities test, an interview, a psychological evaluation, and a polygraph.
Successful candidates that are selected will then attend the Saskatchewan Police College for 20 weeks of intense training, which includes criminal law, physical fitness, defensive tactics, advanced driving techniques, and firearms. Once a new officer hits the street, the training continues as they are paired with a field training officer that supervises and coaches them until they are cleared to attend calls on their own.
New officers also receive additional training such as operating a RADAR system and approved screening devices for drugs &/or alcohol, as well as “TASER” training and learning the records management system.
This past week, officers of the Weyburn Police Service split their duties so that some of the required annual recertification could be completed, as well as informational sessions that keep the officers current on the ever-changing aspects and challenges of policing.
This week’s training and informational sessions included the areas of Defensive Tactics, “TASER” recertification, Use of Force, Room Clearing, Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, Impaired Driving, and Drug Recognition.
A representative of Inclusion Weyburn also spoke to the officers regarding the interaction of an officer in a high-stress or traumatic situation, with someone who has a special need. Every day is a day of learning, especially for those in an emergency services profession.
*Anyone with information regarding any matter of a criminal nature, is encouraged to contact the Weyburn Police Service at (306) 848-3250, the local RCMP Detachment at 310-RCMP (7267), or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).