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RCMP Releases Improved Crime Stats
Posted Date: 5/16/2017 10:00 AM
Don McKenna and Craig Peterson

RCMP Superintdendent Don McKenna, foreground, and Inspector Craig Peterson, appeared before City Council Monday to report on reduced crime in Grande Prairie.

Crime in Grande Prairie is at a five-year low.

Supt. Don McKenna and Inspector Craig Peterson presented statistics at City Council Monday showing that Criminal Code offences to the end of April were at 3,567, a decrease from 3,612 in the same period in 2016 and reduced significantly from the 4,056 between January and April 2013.

Other key figures in Supt. McKenna's report include:
?Robberies were down – from 130 in 2015 to 69 in 2016
?Break and enters decreased – from 580 in 2015 to 539 in 2016
?Motor vehicle thefts dropped – from 986 in 2015 to 550 in 2016
?Drug files have decreased for the third straight year – from 931 in 2014, 891 in 2015 to 640 in 2016.

There have been no homicides to date in 2017. Three occurred in 2016 and seven in 2015.

"At the start of this term Council dedicated significant new resources to address crime in our community," says Mayor Bill Given. "We are gratified that these investments in policing have had a measurable impact on improving the safety in our city."

In 2015, Grande Prairie was Number One on both the Crime Severity Index and the Violent Crime Severity Index.

In response, nine municipal police officers were hired last year. Four more are being added this year and there will be a further increase of four in 2018.

Last year, the number of municipal support employees was also increased by five to allow the RCMP members to be out on the road more.

Altogether, this represents an additional $2.9 million investment in policing and support.

"Creation of the Grande Prairie Drug Team and the Crime Reduction Unit has allowed police to pro-actively target habitual offenders and street level drug dealers," says Supt. McKenna.

"The increased enforcement has had a notable impact on crime levels in the city and surrounding area," he says. "Property crime and violent crime levels have declined in 2016 and 2017 when compared to 2014 and 2015."

The introduction of further analytical support for the ComStat initiative increases efficiency for targeting chronic offenders, crime hot spots and allows for the quick identification of emerging trends.