The Brandon Police Service’s 2012 annual report — released yesterday morning after a slight delay last week — shows that overall crime was slightly down in 2012, compared to the year before.
That’s despite an increase in the number of calls that police officers responded to. Violent crime in particular was down, while property crime was up.
“Our community remains a safe place to live, work and to visit,” Brandon police Chief wrote Ian Grant in the report.
Police received 32,707 calls for service in 2012 — an average of nearly 90 a day.
In total, there were 4,301 crimes reported in Brandon in 2012, with more than half of those being property crimes, and the largest single category being theft under $5,000, followed closely by property damage. Together, those two crimes made up more than 40 per cent of all Brandon crime in 2012.
Notable cases from 2012 included a
$2-million drug bust in October that was co-ordinated with the Dauphin RCMP, a large west-end arson that police linked to two boys, an arrest in a historic sex assault case where the accused was tracked down in Spain, and a house fire on First Street where a man’s body was found inside.
On the other side of the ledger are complaints against Brandon police. Of eight complaints launched under the Law Enforcement Review Agency, three were dismissed or concluded, one was abandoned and four are still pending.
The full report is available online at police.brandon.ca.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 5, 2013