The MP for the riding of Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River says more needs to be done by the federal government to prevent crime in northern Saskatchewan.

Georgina Jolibois recently appeared before the committee for public safety and national security to state her concerns about a study on rural crime.

“It’s important for this committee to know that community leadership, local police forces, and the RCMP are all working together to better serve communities,” she says. “There is a clear sense of anger and frustration from people in my riding that not enough is being done about crime, and I want to do everything I can to support community-led initiatives that can prevent and better respond to criminal activity.”Jolibois says she wants more invested into rural crime prevention programs.

“Communities require support and the police require support. RCMP officers need the equipment and resources to do their job to assist communities.”

Incidents of police-reported crime in northern Saskatchewan are approximately four times more than southern Saskatchewan, according to a 2015 report from Statistics Canada.

“Local leadership and the RCMP are coming up with creative solutions that serve the needs of the community, but they need all the support they can get from the federal government,” Jolibois says.

(PHOTO: Georgina Jolibois. Photo courtesy