Inspector Rick McKenna believes policing is one of the few jobs where people work to put themselves out of business.
“Every member of society has a role to play, and if everybody recognizes that, things could be great,” McKenna said.
“It’d be great if you didn’t need a police department.”
The Moose Jaw Police Service’s motto is “together we make a difference.” In 2013, total crimes against persons were down 18 per cent from 2012. Total crimes against property were also down from the previous year.
McKenna said Moose Jaw’s safety reflects on its vigilant and caring citizens.
“You can’t police people that don’t want to be policed. You can’t provide a service people don’t want,” McKenna said. “We have to work with the community to provide the level of safety that they want and the level of service that they want.”
He used recent citizens’ surveys about the police as an example of measuring the service’s success.
A tight-knit community that looks out for each other can be a serious deterrent to crime, though McKenna made sure to add that the Moose Jaw Police Service does not advise anyone to get involved in an incident in progress. He said all it takes is a phone call to help your neighbours and fellow citizens.
“Having said that, you are always going to have individuals that deviate,” McKenna said.
Though total crime numbers were down significantly in 2013, there were six aggravated assaults, 13 arsons and 54 break and enters to vehicles, garages and vacant businesses. Those statistics were all higher than in 2012.
The number McKenna was most proud of last year was the number zero.
“We had no police officers that were seriously hurt or killed, so that’s an accomplishment,” McKenna said.
Moose Jaw also went another year without a homicide.
“The fact we didn’t lose a citizen to a homicide is an accomplishment,” McKenna said.