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Caronport hires former Moose Jaw policeman as community’s new safety officer

'The community has been in need of (an) enhanced policing presence for a while now, and we feel that Officer Jesse’s regular patrolling of the village will help address local safety concerns'

The Village of Caronport has hired special police Const. Randy Jesse — a former member of the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) — to be the municipality’s new community safety officer.

Jesse has lived in the community for 11 years and recently retired from the MJPS after a 34-year career with the organization. He served in various capacities during his career, which the village believes makes him a well-qualified candidate for this new role in protective services. 

In partnership with the Moose Jaw RCMP detachment, Jesse’s role is expected to increase safety, security, education and enforcement in the community, Mayor Daniel Buck said. His appointment by the Ministry of Corrections, Policing, and Public Safety authorizes him to preserve the peace, prevent crime, enforce provincial acts that focus on traffic and all-terrain vehicles and co-ordinate with the RCMP to police the community.

Jesse will also serve as the bylaw officer to help educate residents about municipal standards and ensure they comply.

“The community has been in need of (an) enhanced policing presence for a while now, and we feel that Officer Jesse’s regular patrolling of the village will help address local safety concerns,” said Buck.

The village is particularly concerned about traffic enforcement since its streets also act as sidewalks, while three schools also create plenty of pedestrian traffic, he continued. Jesse will work closely with Moose Jaw RCMP to become aware of and respond quickly to any criminal activity in town.

Besides enforcement, Jesse will educate residents about safety, including helping children learn safe bicycling habits and teaching families about securing their homes and possessions, Buck said. 

“Officer Jesse’s years of experience will be a great resource for the families, businesses, and schools within the community,” the mayor added. “Officer Jesse will also serve as our bylaw officer, with the goal of increasing the attractiveness of the community as we learn to abide by the established rules so we can better live in community together.”