It’s hard to know what other Police forces do but Cobourg Police are increasing their level of reporting. For the last year, they have been issuing monthly reports on the quantity and types of crime including neat graphs showing trends for the last 3 years. They also report on the number of Opioid overdose calls received. I find the most interesting to be their report on “Investigative Occurrences” which describes a selection of incidents – some of which have been resolved and others are still being investigated. But these reports are not available on the Police web site nor on their social media – instead you need to look at the Agendas for their monthly board meetings. I have created a page that briefly talks about our Police and which lists all these reports. You can see it here.
Apart from these operations reports, the Agendas and minutes of the Police also provide other news items. For example, one item that caught my attention: Cobourg Police have issued an RFP for a consultant to do a “Facility needs assessment”. The intent is to decide how to manage the outgrowing of the current facility. The building on King Street is quite old although it has been renovated inside. Go Northumberland reported that Chief VandeGraaf said that “it’s still in the very early stages, but it is something that is being looked at by the Police Services Board.”
At the next Council meeting on Monday, the Police will be presenting their budget. And no surprise, they are setting the increase at 5.1%. Although current high inflation makes a big increase expected, inflation of salaries is not entirely to blame – they are fixed at 2.25% due to a union agreement – there is also an addition of 3 staff: one admin and two constables.
- Other Cobourg News Blog reports on Crime
- Cobourg Internet Page re Cobourg Police
- Crime Plot – a map showing where crimes happen in Cobourg