Although crime is slowly edging downward across the region, the DRPS is busier than ever finding innovative solutions and new partnerships to address community safety concerns.
Thats the message Chief Paul Martin delivered to the Rotary Club of Oshawa yesterday at its weekly meeting.
Citing 2014 statistics just released, the Chief said Crimes against Persons declined 5 per cent in Central East Division (Oshawa) and Property Crimes fell 2.5 per cent last year. Total Criminal Code violations also fell 3.5 per cent to 8,323 incidents. But these crime statistics only tell one portion of the story.
"Only about 20 to 30 per cent of what a police service does every day actually results in criminal charges," he told the Rotarians assembled, "So that means theres a lot of police work being done out there that is not reflected in crime stats."
This work involves helping youth, responding to neighbor disputes, calming down incidents of potential domestic violence, checking on the wellbeing of seniors, responding to noise complaints and a host of other responses that don't end up on the stats sheet.
Instead of celebrating the declining crime trends, the DRPS is doubling its efforts to work smarter, to find more efficiencies and to resolve local problems through new partnerships and the better mobilization of community resources.
One idea of community partnership is the Hub Model of problem solving currently finding success in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Agencies bring individual files of concern to a confidential community roundtable made up of human services agencies. Innovative solutions are discussed. The confidentiality of individuals is paramount, and is maintained through a four-level privacy filter that helps protect the identity of the person or family being discussed.
The Chief says he wants to bring that model in a pilot project to Durham Region this year and is considering a neighbourhood in Oshawa.
Rotary chapter president Emmy Iheme presented the Chief with an Honourary Membership for his lifelong commitment to community building.
Chiefs Speaks to Oshawa Rotary Club (JPG file, 366.5K bytes)
Chief Martin Delivers Speech to the Oshawa Rotary Club on Jan. 19, 2015 (JPG file, 235.8K bytes)