Monday, 24 July 2017 09:18

RCMP officials there are still positives despite high crime stats in Sask.

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Today, Statistics Canada released its report on police-reported crime in 2016. While it shows Saskatchewan was at, or near the top in some key categories last year, RCMP “F” Division is able to provide updated numbers that highlight some emerging, positive trends in RCMP jurisdiction.

Property crime in RCMP-policed areas has seen a steady decline over the last 10 months. The decrease began in August, 2016 and has carried through into 2017.  Property crime has dropped 10% through the first six months of this year from the same time period in 2016. The 2% increase noted for all of 2016 in the Stats Canada report was primarily driven by a surge in property crime in the first half of that year.
The 9% increase in the Crime Severity Index (CSI) noted in the Stats Can report, was primarily driven by an increase in the number of homicides in the Division. Otherwise, the level of violent crime remained essentially unchanged. In RCMP jurisdiction, homicides went from 25 in 2015, to 35 in 2016. All violent crime is cause for concern and the RCMP continues to work with its partner agencies and communities to address the root causes such as; mental health issues, gang activity and substance abuse.
Our first priority is the safety and security of the people we serve. We are committed to being responsive to the ever-changing policing needs in Saskatchewan. Based on analysis and consultation:
o   We are focusing on intelligence-led policing by collecting and analyzing information/data to conduct strategic patrols and deploy our resources effectively
o   Based on intelligence, we are targeting our enforcement efforts to disrupt gang and drug activity and track prolific offenders
o   We are working with our communities and other agencies to develop partnerships and programs to prevent and reduce crime (e.g. Rural Crime Watch, Community Safety Planning)
The RCMP in Saskatchewan is committed to providing the most effective, efficient police service possible. And we will continue to work with our partners to help build stronger, safer Saskatchewan communities.

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