For the last couple of years, Cobourg Police have provided glossy reports with information about their performance. The report for 2021 was released yesterday and the numbers look good. Major achievements reported for the year are the hiring of a chief Financial Officer and a Deputy Chief plus the decision to implement body-worn cameras. Mixed in with all the “feel-good” talk and photos, some key statistics are provided. There are now 35 uniform members (same as last year), 26 special constables (up from 20 last year) and 11 Auxiliary (volunteers – down from 18 last year). Calls for service dropped to 10,782 from 10,994 and 11,391 in 2019. The total operating budget of $8.8M was up 9% from 2020 but the amount that came from the taxpayer was only up 3.7% at $6.5M. No explanation is provided on why the budget is up when calls for service have dropped but 84% of the budget goes on salaries and benefits.
The good news is that the Police are strong on providing information on KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators). These include:
- Criminal Investigation Branch Statistics
- Drugs and Weapons Seizures – particularly Fentanyl, Cocaine, Crystal Methamphetamine and Oxycodone Pills
- Working with Venture 13 – supporting innovation and the new CCTV program (more here on CCTV project – 28 Nov 2020).
- Community Engagement – a major focus – includes support of Cornerstone and Rebound
- Reports on Use of Force – down from 2020
- Tracking and reporting on complaints – unchanged from 2020 at 11
- Crime Statistics – including percent solved – more in table below
- Non-Crime Statistics – Police don’t just catch criminals and prevent crime – more in table below.
In addition, information is provided on organization and staffing.
Download the full report available in “Resources” below.
The proactive effort of Community Engagement is hopefully beneficial but it’s hard to measure apart from perhaps the reduced calls for service. Below are some highlights of statistics of basic Police work – catching criminals (tables are from full report).
Cobourg Crime Statistics – 2021
Cobourg Non-Crime Statistics – 2021
As far as I can tell, these Annual reports are new – starting in 2021 for 2020 activity. It’s good to see transparency improving.
Separate to this report, Cobourg Police continue to provide some limited information on the geographic distribution of recent Crime with a neat interactive graphic. Go here.
Cobourg News Blog Post
- Cobourg Police Annual Report (for 2020) – 6 May 2021
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