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Regina’s board of police commissioners received an overview Tuesday morning from the corrections support unit (CSU), getting a closer look at how dangerous offenders are monitored once they are released back into the community.

The unit was established in 2020. Two full-time officers are responsible for surveillance and investigations, and three part-time police officers are assigned to submit arrest warrant requests, and summons for people illegal-at-large or on probation.

A report presented to the board on Tuesday said the unit was originally supposed to have 10 officers: six investigators, three integrated partners and an analyst.

“With the expansion of the unit to full capacity as envisioned, CSU would be able to increase productivity with its current mandate and be able to include the management of young offenders as well as persons of interest on probation orders and conditional release orders,” the report said. .

Chief Evan Bray said the goal is to further expand the unit, which was originally created by transferring previous resources, when the police service moves into its new building next year. He said the plan is to collaborate with community partners and civilians, such as probation workers — two of whom have already begun working alongside CSU this year.

In the meantime, Bray said he’s been impressed with the work his five officers have done over the past two years, prioritizing check-ins and assessing risks with certain offenders.

“The work has been done before, but if you have an area that’s assigned and designated to do the work, you take ownership of it, and I think you’re more collaborative in your efforts,” he said, adding CSU officers tend to To have better relationships with offenders and their families.

Bray said the unit also helped track down those who were wronged at large, often working with RCMP or other municipal police services.

“The problem is that the number is quite high — not just for our community, but for Canada as a whole,” Bray said.

“A lot of times, these people are quite transient. Just because they have a warrant originating from Regina, or wherever, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re in that place.”

Regina police statistics say last year CSU tracked down 133 “arrestable offenders” after they fell off the grid.

The unit has also monitored 99 offenders, ensuring they comply with their release conditions, and 68 dangerous “habitual criminals” have been arrested for not doing so.

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