For Immediate Release
February 12, 2013
West Kelowna’s Crime Rate Drops 30% in 3 Years
Between 2009 and 2011, the District of West Kelowna’s crime rate dropped 30 per cent, according to an annual review of RCMP services in the community.
West Kelowna Council was advised at its meeting Tuesday, February 12 that the crime rate in West Kelowna decreased from 70 in 2009 to 54 in 2010 and to 49 in 2011. (The crime rate is the number of Criminal Code offences or crimes - excluding drugs or traffic - reported for every 1,000 permanent residents.) The case load of West Kelowna RCMP members also decreased by approximately 30 per cent, from 91 in 2009 to 64 in 2011.
From 2009 to 2011, West Kelowna had 21 municipal officers and the highest officer-to-population ratio amongst 30 other municipalities with populations over 15,000 – one officer for 1,305 people. In 2012, West Kelowna added two officers to its ranks, a School Liaison Officer and a Drug Investigations Officer. Despite this high officer-to-population ratio, West Kelowna’s crime rate of 49 in 2011 was one of the lowest amongst the 30 municipalities, which had an average crime rate of 66.
“I know the residents of West Kelowna will find this news very encouraging, as West Kelowna Council has heard many people say that a safe community is their top priority,” says Mayor Doug Findlater. “A 30 per cent decrease is significant and it is very gratifying to see that the hard work of our RCMP officers is obviously paying off.”
The West Kelowna RCMP Detachment houses a total of 46 members; 23 for West Kelowna, 16 for provincial policing, 4 for Peachland and 3 for First Nations policing.
The District of West Kelowna entered into a Municipal Police Unit Agreement on April 1, 2009 which includes the requirement of an annual report reviewing service levels, workload and calls for service. Quarterly policing statistics are also provided to Council as part of its strategic planning updates throughout the year.