Each year, Cobourg Police produce an annual report on their activities. The report on 2022 was released at the Police Board meeting on 18 July and will be presented to Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting on 14 August. The format this year is different to previous years – Statistics are not tabulated but instead integrated into the text of the report. However, I will try to make clear the information that we want to know – e.g. is Crime getting better or worse and are Police catching the bad guys? And did it exceed the budget which cost the taxpayer 2.8% more than in 2021? Short answer No! You can download the full report from the link in Resources below.
No specific breakdown of numbers is provided for staff except that the total is 118 and of these 35% are sworn with the rest civilian. For comparison, in 2021, there were 35 in uniform, 26 special constables and 11 Auxiliary (volunteers).
Calls for Service
- Response time: On average Police took 7.4 minutes to arrive at a call for service.
- Number of Calls: There were 11,287 calls for service in 2022 compared with 10,782 in 2021, 10,994 in 2020 and 11,391 in 2019. This would indicate how busy Police are – at least in reactive mode.
- Break and Enter: 38 Residential and 6 Business. Unlike the 2021 report, there is no report on how many of these were solved (26% were solved in 2021).
- Drug usage: There were 89 suspected drug poisonings – 8 fatal. There were 59 calls where Naloxone or CPR were administered.
Highlights of Report
For details see full report
- Responding to Calls: Five interesting examples of Police responsiveness provided.
- Property Theft: An example of recovery of stolen property – in this case $38,000.
- Joint Operation: Working with Port Hope police
- Forensic work: Including 13 DNA hits identifying individuals involved in Major Crime.
- Cost of Policing: $9.4M. $6.7M comes from taxes, the rest is covered by recoveries, grants and transfers. The $6.7M is 26% of total Council taxes which were $26M in 2022. 84% of the $9.4M is for compensation (Salaries and benefits etc).
- Complaints: 7 complaints received compared to 11 in 2021
- Use of Force: 17 applications of force in 2022 compared to 19 in 2021.
- Body Worn Cameras: Program now fully implemented and all constables fully trained.
- Community Engagement: Cram a Cruiser, presentations to community groups, education, lock it or lose it, downtown foot patrols and more.
- Traffic Offences: 921 tickets
- Crime rates. Note that “Violent Crime” includes offences such as homicide, assault, robbery, sexual assault, and uttering threats.
We can only guess what the difference is between “Crime Rate” and “Reported Crime” since the Police report does not tell us. I’d guess that “Crime Rate” is the number of calls and “Reported” is the number of actual crimes. In any case, compared to 2021, violent crime seems better and non-violent seems worse.
- Drugs. 44 investigations, 13 arrests, seizure of 139 grams of fentanyl as well as 153 grams of crystal meth, 434 grams of cocaine and 89 grams of crack cocaine. Total estimated street value of over $131,000, plus over $12,000 in Canadian currency, and a loaded firearm. Value of seizure in 2021 was $108,295, fentanyl amount was similar.
- HARP (Homelessness, Addiction Response Program) – October to December: HARP established a consistent presence in the downtown core and resulted in 54 individuals connected with services, 4 housed or relocated, 161 interactions, 4 arrests.
- Mental Health: 387 wellness checks, 298 Mental Health calls.
- Venture 13 – assistance to entrepreneurs developing technologies useful to Police
This is a short summary of the 40 page report – please see the full report if my summary does not provide enough detail. If you want more detail on crimes and their solve rate, the 2021 report has better statistics – see Resources.
- Download 2022 Report – (Link on Police site goes to a login page! Use this link to escribe Police Board meeting Agenda for July 18).
- Cobourg Blog report on 2021 Police report – 17 March 2022
- Police Report for 2021
We are still waiting for the long overdue Strategic Plan and the separate Governance report. These are not currently on the Agenda for the next CoW meeting on August 14.
As of 3:23 pm August 12, comments on this post were stopped since a more appropriate article for comments on homelessness is now available – go here.