As roughly 250 Hells Angels and 200 more associates descend on Saskatoon for the Angels’ Canada Run, the Saskatoon Police Service are collaborating with police from across the country in order to monitor and enforce the roughly 450 outlaws.
Detective Sergeant Len Isnor, head of the Biker Enforcement Unit of Ontario Provincial Police, was in Saskatoon to help the SPS monitor the group.
“This is a mandatory run for them,” said Isnor. “They have to be here and if they’re not here they’ll have to pay,” adding there is no specific reason why the run is being held in Saskatoon.
Isnor said even though the event is a social one for the Angels, it’s a time where Angels can communicate without fear of police interception as well.
“They’re not usually meeting face-to-face very often—with the social media they have today, they have all kinds of ways of talking and speaking, however, they always feel they might be listened to, so a face-to-face meeting is always best.”
Even though the Saskatchewan Hells Angels have never been charged with any offenses. Isnor explained nationally the Hells Angels are a criminal organization and have been involved with trafficking, extortion and even murder, noting how collaboration across police forces is important.
“There’s no one police force in this country that can take on organized crime by themselves,” said Isnor. “We have to work together in partnership.”