The South Bruce OPP have completed their Year End Report for Brockton
And there was no shortage of action or workload for police.
Police responded to over 22 hundred calls, logging in almost 11 thousand hours.
Inspector Krista Miller reports that violent crime, property crime and motor vehicle collisions stats are on the rise, while drug crime is slightly down due to the decriminalization of marijuana.
The Violent Crime rate jumped to 109 cases in 2018 (up from 88) this represents a 24% increase.
Assaults made up 52% of violent crime, in which 1/3rd involved domestic assault.
Sexual Assaults made up 12% of the Violent Crime stats.
There were 13 reported cases of sexual assault which represents an 8% increase over the previous year. (increase from 12 to 13)
As for Property Crime it experienced a 26% increase. (300 cases 2018 compared to 238 cases in 2017)
As for drug crime, there was a slight decrease of 8%. (12 charges as opposed to 13 from previous year.)
Miller attributes the decrease to the decriminalization of marijuana and says now that marijuana is legal, methamphetamine will likely be the number one drug related charge in Brockton in 2019.
Miller says the OPP’s Community Street Crime Unit was formed in 2018 to help tackle drug and property crimes in the area.
In January and February of this year, this effort paid off with seven new arrests connected to Property Crime occurances in Brockton in 2018.
OPP achieved an overall Clearance Rate of 41 percent for all Violent, Property and Drug crimes.
Clearance Rate means that the police were able to clear an occurrence with a charge.
This includes an 86% clearance rate for Violent Crimes, 20% clearance rate for Property Crime and 75% rate for Drug Crime.