Partnering with Newcomers
Regina’s diversity is growing. According to the 2016 census, Saskatchewan showed an increase in immigration of 10.5% over five years. This number has increased substantially as Regina welcomed Syrian refugees at the beginning of 2017.
The Regina Police Service works closely with settlement agencies in hopes of limiting some barriers and fears newcomers have. Some of the agencies RPS works with include:
- Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada;
- Regina Open Door Society;
- Beth Jacob Synagogue;
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic; and many more.
Members assist newcomers in learning about the laws in Canada and Regina. Presentations RPS members provide to newcomers are:
- Traffic Laws;
- Domestic Violence;
- Child Abuse;
- Personal Safety;
- Reporting Crime; and many more.
FUN FACT: There are over 50 members of the Regina Police Service who speak a different language and there are 20 different languages spoken by different members of the Service!
We still need the public’s assistance to help newcomers. If you would like to become a potential interpreter for the Regina Police Service, please sign up to be an Language Interpreter.
We know it can be difficult for newcomers to speak to police when they have a question. So the Regina Police Service has tried to ease that barrier by having office hours every Wednesday from 1:30pm-3:30pm located at the Regina Open Door Society. Newcomers can meet with the member in a comfortable environment and all meetings are kept confidential.
If you are a newcomer to Regina, and want to learn more about policing and the laws, check out our “Regina Welcomes the World” videos on our Regina Police Service Vimeo page.