The Alberta RCMP mid-year report from the Crime Reduction Strategy looks good for rural detachments around Alberta.
"We have looked at the data and I can tell you that our crime reduction strategy is working. Mid-way through our first year of implementing our strategy, our data indicates that our policing approach is making a difference," said Superintendent Peter Tewfik of the RCMP at a press conference held in Airdrie on September 4.
The Crime Reduction Strategy launched this year and aims to break the cycle of criminal activity over a long term period. The Government of Alberta has backed the program with $13.3 million in March, which allowed the RCMP to develop a seven point action plan to expand the program.
So far, the strategy is working.
"From January and July this year, property crime in all RCMP detachments are down nine percent compared to the same period this year. If we look at just rural detachments in Alberta, our property crime is down eleven percent," continued Tewfik.
The details of the strategy entail enhancing intelligence and information sharing, dedicating resources to apprehend offenders and reducing administrative burdens of officers to allow them to spend more time conducting investigations.
"Our strategy's impact become more clear when we look at the month of July compared to last year. This past July, property crime in all Alberta RCMP detachments has decreased seventeen percent compared to the same month last year. For that month in just our rural detachments, property crime is down twenty-five percent," concluded Tewfik.
According to an RCMP press release, the force plans to implement new initiatives that will complement the Crime Reduction Strategy in the next six months. Those initiatives include enhanced responses for victims and offenders and to create innovative technologies designed to strengthen data gathering and community engagement.