‘Frustrated and helpless’: Rural residents say Stanley trial highlights crime, police response time concerns

Feelings of frustration and helplessness are simmering in rural parts of Saskatchewan in the wake of the Gerald Stanley trial, which reignited long-standing concerns over crime and law enforcement’s ability to adequately respond to it.

“I want the country to know it’s a problem we have here,” said Lee de Coninck Smith, the founder of a Facebook page called Farmers with Firearms.

Smith said the page was created to help people living in rural parts of the province cope with what he says is a growing problem of crime and slow RCMP response times. He says the idea is to have a place where neighbours can look out for each other.