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Saskatchewan and the RCMP have inked a deal that would see the province fund hundreds more officers if Mounties can recruit to fill those positions.

The new commitment will be a game-changer, said Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, the commanding officer for Saskatchewan’s RCMP.

The force has long been understaffed and at the beginning of this year, Saskatchewan’s officers-per-capita ratio was at its lowest point in decades.

“We were in this circle of continuous chasing our tail trying to figure out funding or bodies,” Blackmore said.

RCMP were caught in a loop — Mounties could not fill positions without promised funding, but the province couldn’t commit dollars without having officers on the ground.

“We were kind of stuck in this grey area,” said Public Safety Minister Paul Merriman.

Merriman said Saskatchewan’s money is now on the table to fund a full complement of 1,174 officers. There are around 250 positions looking …

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