In April 2014, Halifax District RCMP set three operational priorities for 2014/2015. These priorities were based on what officers were seeing, and what we heard through numerous consultations in communities throughout Halifax.
Halifax District RCMP would like to update citizens on our actions to date around Road Safety, Cybercrime and Crime Prevention/Reduction.
- Halifax District participated in two National Impaired Driving Enforcement Initiatives – where a series of coordinated checkpoints took place throughout Nova Scotia focused on impaired and distracted drivers – the two top causes of serious injury and fatal collisions on our roadways. As part of the initiative, road safety information was shared on social media. As a result, over 40 checkpoints were conducted where seven citizens were charged with Impaired driving, four drivers were suspended, 20 Approved Screening Device tests were administered and close to 3,000 vehicles checked.
- Due to analysis of collisions, dangerous, distracted or impaired driving behavior in Halifax District, we were able to deploy policing resources strategically. As a direct result, we saw:
o An increase in focused checkpoints by 184%
o A 3.96% reduction in collisions
o Over 2,000 Summary Offence Tickets issued, 131 impaired drivers charged and 64 roadside suspensions handed out.
- The Nova Scotia CyberSCAN unit has presented to Halifax District members, and additional presentations are scheduled for later this year. These presentations will ensure officers are better informed about the type of investigations CyberSCAN is able to investigate
- Cybercrime scams and educational information has been shared with the public through news releases and/or social media
- With assistance from the Nova Scotia CyberSCAN unit, we have trained 30 officers on cybercrime investigative techniques
- Crime analysis continues to dictate the deployment of resources leading to effective results and reductions in crime rates. As a direct result we saw:
- A 12.53% reduction in violent crime (homicide, attempt murder, robbery, assaults)
- A 4.67% reduction in property crime
- Every Halifax District RCMP Community Policing and School Liaison Officer has received training in the Hybrid Hub model – a community-led, evidence-based, intervention model for youth
- Halifax District RCMP officers have trained a variety of youth agencies on the Hybrid Hub model
- To date, we have 10 youth clients in Hybrid-hubs and five youth are in the initial assessment phase
Halifax District RCMP is committed addressing the needs and concerns of the citizens we serve and will continue to focus on these three operational priorities for the remainder of 2014/2015.