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  DRPS Receives National Attention for Solving Crimes

Dec 18, 2009 13:55 ET

The Durham Regional Police Service has been recognized nationally for its ability to solve serious crimes.

Statistics Canada recently released a report titled Police Resources in Canada 2009 which include a new measurement of police performance – a weighted crime clearance rate – indicating how well police services solve the more serious crimes such as homicides, robberies or break and enters.

In communities with a population over 100,000, Durham Regional Police ranked second overall in Canada with a weighted rate of 45.5. The DRPS was second only to the Codiac Regional RCMP in New Brunswick (46.0) in Canada. Within Ontario, Durham Regional Police ranked first, followed by the Windsor Police Service at 45.1. The national average was 37.6.

Chief Mike Ewles says the numbers support the fact that the DRPS is a highly effective and responsive police service that solves crimes.

“I’m very proud of our men and women who go to work everyday in a professional and business-like manner and work through the barriers and challenges to get the job done,” he says, “I am very proud of their achievements and I know that our citizens are getting value for their investment in the DRPS.”

To establish the weighted clearance rates, Statistics Canada took the number of incidents and gave them different weights based on the severity. For example, murder carries more weight than theft under $5,000. The weighted number of crimes cleared is divided by the weighted number of total crime.

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