Safe Drivers Keep Ticket Numbers Low

Last week, Campus Safety monitored over 1200 vehicles driving through our campus, and found only 8 moving violations for offences such as speeding, driving without a seat belt, and failing to stop for a pedestrian.
With summer here, please continue to watch out for pedestrians and cyclists, and remember the maximum speed for vehicles is 40km/h.

To Protect and Serve and Prevent

n 1955, the Los Angeles Police Department held a contest to find the best motto to describe the duties of their officers. To protect and to serve, submitted by Officer Joseph Dorobek, was the winner. Today, 57 years later, those words still ring true for many policing, security and safety professionals.
For Bob Ferguson, director of Campus Safety, to protect and to serve leaves out the most important factor in modern day community policing – to prevent.
Please read more at On Campus News

Bike Thefts on Campus

Campus Safety would like to remind all cyclists to properly secure their bicycles while on campus. The warmer means there are many more bicycles on campus, which also means more bike thieves on campus.
Remember to use a strong bicycle lock, park in areas where people regularly walk, and check on your bike throughout the day. Also keep records of your sales receipts, and bicycle serial number in case your bike does get stolen – without this information, locating a stolen bicycle is unlikely.

Police search for person of interest in U of A shootings

The Edmonton Police Service has identified a person of interest in the early-morning shootings at the University of Alberta.
Homicide Investigators are trying to determine the whereabouts of Travis Brandon Baumgartner, 21, a G4S employee, who is believed to be one of several armoured company employees that attended the U of A around midnight today, Friday, June 15, 2012, to make a delivery.
Baumgartner (See photo below) is the owner of a dark blue Ford F-150 pick-up truck with an Alberta licence plate number, ZRE 724. Baumgartner’s status in relation to this investigation is unknown at this time. Members of the public are urged to use extreme caution if they happen to come in to contact with Baumgartner, and to contact the EPS complaint line at 780-423-4567 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Traffic Blitz Today (June 14th)!

Campus Safety will be watching for drivers failing to wear seat belts, speeding, and using cellphones today.
Remember: On campus our speed limit is 40km/h and like any roadway in the province, you are required to wear your seatbelt while driving. Use of any electronic handheld device while driving is also prohibited, so please remember to use your bluetooth headset, or pull over to the side of the road to make your calls.

Health Canada Announcement of Scheduling of MDPV (“Bath Salts”) Street Drug

OTTAWA, ON – Fredericton Police Chief Barry MacKnight, [Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Chair of the CACP Drug Abuse Committee] joined the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament Shelly Glover to announce that MDPV will be regulated as a Schedule 1 Drug under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act following a fast-track process.
“In recent months there has been an increasing awareness of this harmful drug, commonly known as “bath salts” which is becoming growingly available in many communities, in particular Eastern Canada” stated Chief MacKnight. “This drug, along with the behaviours associated to it, is a serious concern for the police and many others in our communities.”
Chief MacKnight continues: “Swift action in scheduling MDVP in the Controlled Drug and Substances Act is an important step from both an enforcement and education perspective. This is sending a strong message to Canadians, and especially young Canadians, that this drug is extremely harmful while also allowing enforcement agencies to deal with those who victimize some of the most vulnerable people in our communities – the young and those who suffer from addiction.”
The CACP supports a balanced approach to the issue of substance abuse in Canada consisting of prevention, education, enforcement, counselling, treatment, rehabilitation, and where appropriate, alternative measures and diversion to counter Canada’s drug problem.
“Today’s announcement is an important part of that balance and I, on behalf of the CACP, would like to commend the federal government for their quick response in recognizing the extreme dangers of the “bath salts.”
A Health Canada News Release can be found at: Further information on “Bath Salts” has been published by the June 5, 2012 Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse: CCSA-CCENDU-Drug-Alert-Bath-Salts-2012-en.pdf
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) was established in 1905 and represents approximately 1,000 police leaders from across Canada. The Association is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Through its member police chiefs and other senior police executives, the CACP represents in excess of 90% of the police community in Canada which include federal, First Nations, provincial, regional and municipal, transportation and military police leaders.
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For further information, please contact:
Timothy M. Smith,
Government Relations & Strategic Communications
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Tel.: 613-601-0692

ATM / Banking Fraud

 The Saskatoon Police Service is reminding residents to be conscious and aware of ATM/Banking Fraud.
In incidents that have been reported across the city, the victim is approached by a lone male who asks them to deposit an envelope into the ATM and withdraw their own cash to cover it. It is later discovered that the envelope was empty. In other cases, the suspect gives them fraudulent cheques and asks the victim to cash them for him. Police have recorded at least eight similar incidents in the last two weeks.
The suspect is described as between 5’8″ and 6’0″ in height and 170 lbs. He is Caucasian and has a number of marks on his face.
Saskatoon Police would like to remind the public to never complete a transaction on someone else’s behalf.
Victims of similar incidents are encouraged to contact Saskatoon Police at 975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.