|Chief Glenn DeCaire Provides an Overview|
The Chief began by recognizing front line officers and the community, and the importance of working together toward crime prevention. The Chief emphasized that "we police our community".
The Chief also spoke about how the police budget has remained at 19% of the city's budget, bringing a sense of historical relativity. Other highlights included:
- from 2009 - 3013 crime rates in Hamilton have decreased consistently.
- from 2004 - 2007 crime was on a steady incline in Hamilton
- the Chief said the steady decline is a result of gun controls and prevention strategies that have been put into place
- a key component is visibility of police presence in the community. The stats have shown this as being an effective means of decreasing and preventing crime.
- The goal is to have a ratio of 60/40 with 60% reactive (police responding to calls), and 40% proactive (police being visible in the community and interacting).
- In 2012, Hamilton's Violent Crime dropped by 19%, which was the largest Violent Crime decline across Canada.
- the Chief emphasized that police relentlessly pursue cases- he referred to one case that was thirty years old.
- he stressed the importance of the need to keep the dialogue open with young people and to train his officers in crisis prevention, which he hopes to have completed within the next two years.
- the police investigate an average of 700 deaths a year. The Chief explained that not all of these end up being crime related, but the police give every situation the same attention and in order to make that determination.
- the connection between addictions and crime is very high and this is something the service is working on addressing.
- another area of increased concern is fraud against seniors and abuse in relation to power of attorneys.
- the Hamilton Police service has recently embarked on a mental health partnership when responding to calls regarding people suffering with mental illnesses. An officer and a trained mental health worker responds to the call together, making the response responsible, helpful and successful. The response ensures the person receives the services needed.
Among the attendees was The Hamiltonian Publisher Teresa DiFalco and Ward 9 Councillor Doug Conley. The Hamiltonian encourages our readers to read the slide deck that the Chief presented.