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