The majority of our property offences are committed by very few people. We set out to identify the top 10 prolific offenders in our community using a number of factors, and from a number of sources. Then operational plans are initiated in order to apprehend these top offenders and bring them before the courts. We are then committed to working with the various justice and social service partners in order to appropriately deal with the root causes that may have led to the criminal behaviour (e.g., incarceration, probation, drug treatment, mental health, alcohol/drug abuse, etc.).This process is also used to identify and prioritize the most vulnerable youth in our community so that a plan can be initiated by police to work with partners in order to create an effective intervention strategy. A team consisting of police officers, school personnel, and the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development will case study these at-risk youth on a regular basis in order to identify new cases and to monitor the success of current cases. The West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD) crime reduction strategy forms the basis of the department’s 2011-2013 Strategic Plan.
To reduce crime within our community while ensuring that prolific offenders are appropriately managed so the root causes of their behaviour are appropriately dealt with.
Patrol, Plain Clothes Units, Community Liaison Unit, Traffic Unit
Both consultative and cooperative. Our crime reduction strategy may often suggest that the WVPD is not or should not be the lead in addressing the factors that lead to criminal outcomes. The adage is that sometimes you simply cannot arrest your way out of a problem. In those instances, the WVPD may prove to be a key partner but we may not be the appropriate solution for the problem at hand. The WVPD will then work with the appropriate partners to help them implement their own strategy.
It was undertaken in order to succeed at our primary mandate as a police service. There were significant economic benefits that resulted from our efforts.
An additional human resource (crime analyst) as well as software materials to capture data information ($30,000).
The strategy was implemented as a full-scale operational process, monitored by our crime analyst, with an accountability framework through a COMPSTAT process.
The initiative exceeded expectations. As a result, the WVPD model is used as a best practice by other police agencies, has become the subject of an academic study within Fraser Valley University, and the project and results will be presented at the International Police Executive Symposium in New York in August 2012. The police service is able to operate more efficiently by performing policing functions strategically with fewer police officers. The evidence-based policing strategy offers the community value for tax dollars by reducing the number of thefts and the actual crime rate, as well as improving perceptions regarding crime in the community.
An internal evaluation conducted in conjunction with Dr. Darryl Plecas from the Fraser Valley University found that: