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RCMP strategy shows early results

The Alberta RCMP’s crime reduction strategy is showing good early returns.
The crime reduction strategy is touted as a comprehensive, intelligence-led approach to policing that aims to break the cycle of criminal activity over the long term.
“Mid way through the first year of implementing our crime reduction strategy, property crime is down across the province,” said Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean, commanding officer of the Alberta RCMP. “As the rural police force of Alberta, we are committed to ensuring this trend continues in every category in every community throughout Alberta.”
Shean, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley and Rural Crime Watch representative Dean Hart held a news conference last week at Airdrie.
The RCMP developed a seven-point action plan that expanded its crime reduction strategy by enhancing intelligence and information sharing; dedicating resources to apprehend repeat offenders; and reducing administrative duties to allow officers to spend more time investigating.
Key findings in the six-month report card include:

  • 648 fewer motor vehicle thefts in Alberta this year compared to last year.
  • 366 fewer break and enter incidents this year compared to last year.
  • 3,358 fewer thefts this year compared to last year.
  • From January to July of this year, property crimes excluding fraud, mischief and arson, in all Alberta RCMP detachments have decreased nine per cent compared to the same period last year.
  • These crimes in RCMP’s rural detachments for the same period have decreased 11 per cent.

  • For the month of July, compared to the same month last year, property crimes excluding fraud, mischief and arson, have decreased 17 per cent.
  • In RCMP rural detachments, these crimes have decreased 25 per cent during the same period.

District-level crime reduction units specializing in identifying and apprehending repeat offenders have also made an impact.
Since their launch in February they have made more than 500 arrests representing over 1,600 charges.
Alberta RCMP plans to implement a number of new initiatives in the next six months.
Those initiatives include enhanced responses for victims and offenders and innovative technologies designed to strengthen data gathering and community engagement.

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