Crime statistics released for the first quarter of 2016 show crime in Red Deer remains relatively consistent with last year: the increase in property crimes is consistent with the previous four-year trend; persons crimes have remained stable across the last five years, and injury motor vehicle collisions have decreased. The first quarter ran from January 1 to March 31, 2016.
March 31 also marks the final phase of the 2015-2016 Annual Policing Plan (APP), which is developed each year by Red Deer RCMP in conjunction with Red Deer City Council and The City of Red Deer and follows the RCMP fiscal year from April 1 to March 31 annually.
Red Deer RCMP have exceeded the majority of the targets set out in the APP, disrupting 10 mid-level criminal organizations, setting up new youth initiatives and monitoring high risk domestic violence offenders and prolific offenders.
“We develop the APP each year with Council and The City to target issues of concern to the community,” says Superintendent Scott Tod of the Red Deer RCMP. “For the first quarter, property crimes continue to show a steady increase while persons crimes remain stable. RCMP continually assess police operations with an eye to implementing new and/ or proven crime reduction strategies.”
Red Deer RCMP have also monitored 11 high-risk domestic violence offenders over the course of the fiscal year, resulting in 31 Criminal Code charges.
“The Annual Policing Plan is how Council ensures that our citizens’ local policing priorities are implemented to meet community safety objectives. The APP focuses on areas that are of concern for Red Deerians, and we acknowledge that crime reduction targets in 4 out of the 5 priority areas were exceeded,” says Mayor Tara Veer. “With respect to the increase in property crimes, we will continue to take action until we see reductions in this area as well. We are committed to supporting our police officers as they work with our community to reduce crime and increase public safety.”
The attached RCMP crime statistics compare the time period from January 1 to March 31 over five years, from 2012-2016.
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