Pre­mier praises cops as P.E.I. holds down low­est rate of se­vere crimes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

P.E.I. Pre­mier Wade MacLauch­lan is heap­ing praise on lo­cal peace of­fi­cers as the prov­ince regis­tered the low­est rate of se­vere crime for 2016.

The prov­ince’s po­lice-re­ported crime sever­ity in­dex has de­creased for the fourth year in a row, down by 2.7 per cent last year.

At 48.5, Prince Ed­ward Is­land has the low­est crime sever­ity in­dex in Canada. The in­dex mea­sures the vol­ume and se­ri­ous­ness of po­lice-re­ported crime for both vi­o­lent and non-vi­o­lent of­fences.

In ad­di­tion, the in­dex for the vi­o­lent crimes has de­creased by 15.6 per cent.

“As Is­landers, we are for­tu­nate to have some of the low­est lev­els of se­ri­ous crime in the coun­try,’’ MacLauch­lan says in a state­ment.

“This is a di­rect re­sult of the law en­force­ment of­fi­cers who work to pro­tect our safety and se­cu­rity, and the jus­tice sys­tem that em­pow­ers their work. I thank all

Is­land law en­force­ment of­fi­cers for the work they do in pre­vent­ing crime, keep­ing our com­mu­ni­ties safe, and pro­tect­ing those most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety.’’

The pre­miere says the prov­ince will work to build on these suc­cesses, plac­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion on in­te­grated and in­tel­li­gence-led crime preven­tion and to im­prov­ing ac­cess to jus­tice for vul­ner­a­ble Is­landers.

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