The porvince has given an update on the Saskatchewan Marshals Service (SMS), which includes a familiar face for Estevan moving to the top ranks.

Richard Lowen, who's currently Estevan's Police Chief and set to resign on August 31, has been named the new Deputy Chief for the SMS.

"Deputy Chief Marshal Lowen comes to us from the Estevan Police Service where he has served as Chief of Police since 2021," said Chief Marshal Rob Cameron. "He brings with him an incredible breadth of experience from his more than 30-year career in policing. I can think of no more suitable candidate to work alongside with as we carry forward the important work of the Saskatchewan Marshals Service."

The SMS says they are making significant progress toward becoming operational by the end of 2026. The 2024-25 Provincial Budget has allocated $7 million toward the development of the SMS, with an annual budget of $20 million once it's operational.

The SMS says in their recent statement they aim to enhance policing in the province with a particular focus on rural communities while supporting and assisting the RCMP, First Nations, and municipal police services across the province.

The Service will address gangs, rural crime, illegal weapons, and drugs, and will work to apprehend high-risk individuals and offenders with outstanding warrants.

"The Saskatchewan Marshals Service will stand as an innovative, responsive, and community-engaged approach to the complex modern challenges facing policing services in the province," said Corrections, Policing, and Public Safety Minister Paul Merriman.

Renovations to the SMS district headquarters in Prince Albert are well underway and expected to be completed by the fall. Plans are also in place to establish four or five satellite offices in the province, with the potential for further expansion as necessary. The SMS says they're using data-led analysis and crime statistics to determine the most suitable communities for these locations.

The SMS has developed the branding for its logo, vehicles, badges, and Marshals uniforms. Further updates, including details on new equipment and resources, will be announced as the Marshals Service is further established.

SMS truck

Recruitment of civilian staff and experienced officers will intensify in the coming months, with positions expected to be posted this summer and training set to begin by February 2025 at the Saskatchewan Police College.