Kirkland Lake OPP responded to 968 calls to service here in town during the third quarter of 2019. During Monday’s Police Services Board meeting, Acting Staff Sergeant Ryan Dougan presented the figures.
In his report he stated the overall clearance rate for the quarter was 55.9 per cent. Breaking down the numbers further, for offences classed as violent crimes the clearance rate was 90.3 per cent while property crime clearance rates were 28.3 per cent.
Speaking after the meeting Sgt. Dougan stated the discrepancy between the two figures is very normal.
“Most of the time when we have a violent offence that has been reported to us, it is reported to us by a victim or a direct witness to the offence that can provide us information as to who the individual was that committed it.
“In the case of property crimes, if your house is broken in to, there may not be a witness, so investigative techniques will have to be taken to identify the individual(s) that are responsible.”
During Dougan’s presentation he pointed out the detachment currently has a program in place whereby for a three month period, members of the detachment are placed with the crime unit.
“They are being mentored for the purposes of learning how to draft warrants, production orders, entry warrants, to do interviews and interrogations; basic general investigative techniques that they can then bring back to the frontline to make them more efficient in their investigations.”
He adds that currently if a member doesn’t have the experience or knowledge to draft a search warrant for them self they have to rely on a crime unit member to assist. “What we are trying to do is train up our front line members to be efficient and independent and they can write their own papers and do their own interviews.”