Almost everyone in the province saw several emergency alerts on their phones these past few days, following a stabbing spree on James Smith Cree Nation, and reported shots fired on Witchekan Lake First Nation and in the RM of Britannia.
Weyburn Police Chief Jamie Blunden said the Weyburn Police Service hasn’t been as busy as detachments up north.
“I know with all the incidents that are happening north of us, they're taxed right to the max,” Blunden said. “I know there are police officers coming in from Alberta as well as Manitoba to support the RCMP and some of the issues that are going on up north, there are two or three different incidents going on at one time over the weekend.”
He added they were aware of everything happening and are available to help if something happens in the southeast.
“We want to be proactive, so we weren't just following along and waiting for things to happen. We made a lot of officers aware that something might happen south of Regina here, and if that was the case, we wanted to have everybody on standby.”
A number of officers were ready to come in if needed, all vehicles were ready to go, the joint tactical support team with Estevan was aware, and officers were out patrolling and being very visible.
“Everybody got to be aware of the situation and that's what the emergency alerts are about, so that worked well,” Blunden said. “We were getting calls with respect to Nissan Rogues and so good on the Community here for being aware.”
He reminds Weyburn residents to be vigilant and to contact the police if they ever see a suspicious vehicle or person fitting the description.