For the fourth year in a row, the Durham Regional Police Service has been recognized nationally for its ability to solve the more serious crimes that occur in its jurisdiction.
Statistics Canada recently released a report titled Police Resources in Canada 2012 which includes a measurement - a Weighted Clearance Rate (WCR) - indicating how well police services solve the more serious crimes, like homicides, robberies or break and enters.
In communities with a population over 100,000, Durham Regional Police ranked first overall in Canada with a WCR of 49 per cent. Second place went to Kingston Police and London Police (47 per cent) and third went to Trois-Rivieres (46 per cent).
It’s the second year in a row Durham was ranked #1 in Canada for the highest WCR. The two years prior to that, the DRPS was ranked second overall in Canada, with a WCR of 47.6 per cent and 45.5 per cent respectively.
Board Chair Roger Anderson praised the service for maintaining its high level of excellence in criminal investigations.
“The first place ranking across Canada for the second year in row demonstrates that our members are consistently thorough and astute in the investigation of serious crime,” he says. “The Board is very proud of this achievement and the daily efforts of the uniform and civilian members of the Service to keep our community safe”.
Chief Constable Mike Ewles praised his frontline officers for their hard work and diligence.
“This statistic is a reflection of the dedication and commitment of our frontline members, including our expert investigators who put in that extra effort to resolve cases each and every day,” he says.
To establish the weighted clearance rates, Statistics Canada took the number of criminal incidents and gave them different weights based on the severity of the crime. For example, a murder carries more weight than a theft of property. The weighted clearance rate represents the weighted number of crimes cleared as a percentage of the weighted number of total crime.
More details are available in the attached document from Statistics Canada.
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