The Brandon Police Service continue to get more calls, but the number of crimes is generally less, according to their 2013 annual report, which was released this afternoon.
Police chief Ian Grant said that 2013 was an eventful year for the police. Not only was it the first full calendar year for him to helm the service, it was also the first year under the newly-formed Brandon police board.
The report's release was timed earlier this year, in part because of police board requirements, but Grant said that this means some crime statistics — in particular the Crime Severity Index — are not yet available. Those are generally completed in July.
"The majority of (crimes) … do continue to see a decline in reported incidents," Grant wrote in his portion of the report. "On the other hand, our calls for service are continuing their upward trend. I believe we live in a safe city and that our prevention, enforcement, and community connectivity efforts are paying off."
The police report shows that there were a total of 4,147 various crimes reported in 2013 — that's down slightly from the 4,301 that were reported in 2012.
Most categories of criminal offenses saw declines, although there were notable increases in impaired driving, weapons offences, drug trafficking and homicide.
Overall, both crimes against people and crimes against property saw declines in 2013.
The police service was also notified of 15 complaints that had been filed against them last year through the Law Enforcement Review Agency. That's up from the eight complaints that were filed the year before.
Of the complaints filed in 2013, one has been dismissed, two have been abandoned, one had an informal resolution and 10 are still pending. The last turned out to have been filed incorrectly.
Read the report below: