Saskatchew­an RCMP – 2017 Po­lice-re­ported crime statis­tics

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Southwest Sask. - CON­TRIB­UTED

The 2017 po­lice-re­ported crime statis­tics re­leased July 23 by the Cana­dian Cen­tre for Jus­tice Statis­tics re­veal some pos­i­tive trends, as well as some on­go­ing chal­lenges in Saskatchew­an RCMP ju­ris­dic­tion areas. The over­all crime rate in Saskatchew­an dropped in 2017 by 3%.

Areas served by the RCMP saw over­all crime de­cline by 3% as well, with prop­erty crime go­ing down 5%. Homi­cides in RCMP de­tach­ment areas were also down from 35 in 2016 to 22 in 2017.

The Stats Canada num­bers how­ever, show firearms-re­lated of­fences on the rise in Saskatchew­an. That is also re­flected in the num­bers in RCMP ju­ris­dic­tions where firearms-re­lated of­fences in­creased by 71%.

While that is highly concerning to the RCMP, it is worth not­ing that we have started see­ing a de­cline in those num­bers through the first half of 2018. Saskatchew­an RCMP is work­ing hard to be re­spon­sive to these chal­lenges by fo­cus­ing our ef­forts, tar­get­ing our re­sources and lever­ag­ing our part­ner­ships:

-We are fo­cus­ing on in­tel­li­gence-led polic­ing by col­lect­ing and an­a­lyz­ing in­for­ma­tion/data to con­duct strate­gic pa­trols and de­ploy our re­sources as ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble.

-Based on in­tel­li­gence, we are tar­get­ing our en­force­ment to dis­rupt crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and track prolific of­fend­ers. The Crime Re­duc­tion Team that was in­tro­duced in early 2018 has fo­cused on this type of polic­ing and has con­ducted mul­ti­ple op­er­a­tions with en­cour­ag­ing re­sults.

-We con­tinue to work with our lawen­force­ment part­ners through in­te­grated street teams, com­bined forces teams and the newly-formed Pro­vin­cial Pro­tec­tion and Re­sponse Team. Work­ing with our Con­ser­va­tion Of­fi­cer and Saskatchew­an High­way Pa­trol part­ners, the PPRT is al­ready mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on com­mu­nity safety.

-We are work­ing with our com­mu­ni­ties and other agen­cies to de­velop part­ner­ships and pro­grams to pre­vent and re­duce crime.

Over 100 Saskatchew­an com­mu­ni­ties are ei­ther de­vel­op­ing or al­ready op­er­at­ing Ru­ral Crime Watch or Cit­i­zens on Pa­trol pro­grams.

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