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5 people have died by criminal offences such as homicide so far in 2019! See first quarter crime stats..

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First quarter crime stats show increases

Red Deer Municipal Detachment
Crime Statistics (Actual)
January to March: 2014 ‐ 2019
All categories contain “Attempted” and/or “Completed” April 03, 2019

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2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Homicides & Offences Related to Death

0

2

3

3

2

5

Robbery

25

39

49

26

20

27

Sexual Assaults

30

22

29

22

45

54

Other Sexual Offences

20

11

14

20

18

11

Assault

420

430

365

363

311

355

Kidnapping/Hostage/Abduction

6

10

11

7

9

11

Extortion

5

3

2

3

3

6

Criminal Harassment

85

63

116

89

79

72

Uttering Threats

171

155

163

139

138

126

TOTAL PERSONS

762

735

752

672

625

667

 

Break & Enter

2014

192

2015

235

2016

330

2017

359

2018

239

2019

333

Theft of Motor Vehicle

187

276

397

389

177

377

Theft Over $5,000

23

33

33

24

27

37

Theft Under $5,000

940

1,092

1,462

1,517

797

1,034

Possn Stn Goods

148

200

260

338

115

159

Fraud

300

255

286

355

253

324

Arson

3

8

4

7

5

2

Mischief To Property

812

855

1,006

1,149

521

743

TOTAL PROPERTY

2,605

2,954

3,778

4,138

2,134

3,009

 

Offensive Weapons

2014

52

2015

69

2016

113

2017

90

2018

66

2019

100

Disturbing the peace

526

595

633

606

399

508

Fail to Comply & Breaches

412

432

393

395

306

255

OTHER CRIMINAL CODE

127

132

117

151

145

145

TOTAL OTHER CRIMINAL CODE

1,117

1,228

1,256

1,242

916

1,008

TOTAL CRIMINAL CODE
4,484
4,917
5,786
6,052
3,675
4,684

According to statistics, crime in the first quarter of 2019 has increased compared to the same time period last year, but remains lower than in previous years.

“Throughout 2018 and the tail end of 2017, we consistently saw decreases across key areas, including break and enter and theft of motor vehicles; however, the numbers for this first quarter of this year are showing increases, said Superintendent Grobmeier, Officer in Chargeof the Red Deer RCMP. “It’s not necessarily unusual to see increases after such a prolongedperiod of significant decreases, but we know we need to act to ensure this increase doesn’t become a trend.”

When comparing the first quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2018, total Criminal Code files increased by 27 per cent; however, this it is still 22 per cent lower than the same time period in 2017. Select first quarter results include:

 Total persons crimes increased slightly, by seven per cent; however this has remained relatively steady over a three year period.

o We had 27 robberies, compared to 20 in 2018.o Sexual assaults increase by 20 percent.

 Total property crime increased by 41 per cent; however it is 27 per cent lower than the same time period on 2017.

o Theft under $5,000 increased by 30 per cent; however it is still 31 per cent lower than the same time period in 2017.

o Break and enters increased by 39 per cent.
o We had 377 stolen vehicles, compared to 177 in the same time period in 2018.

“We recognize that an increase in crime rates is not what the community wants to see, and it isn’t what we want to see either,” said Superintendent Grobmeier. “There are several factorsthat we believe contributed to some of the increases, including extreme weather this winter, which unfortunately translated into many vehicles being stolen while they were running andunlocked.”

One of the ways police are working to reduce crime is through Pinpoint, a made in Red Deer program that targets repeat offenders and crime hotspots. Between January 7, 2019 and April 8, 2019, Red Deer RCMP conducted 521 checks on targeted people and addresses identified through Pinpoint, including nine identified people on parole and/or probation and 42 more career criminals with an active history of property crime. Police also conducted another 1,368 checks in crime hot spots. During the first quarter of 2019, 140 charges have been laid specific to targets identified through Pinpoint, and 108 warrants have been executed.

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Alberta Ombudsman can’t do anything about City of Red Deer complaint about 9-11 Dispatch

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Ombudsman Responds to Municipalities’ Complaint About Ambulance Dispatch

Marianne Ryan, Alberta’s Ombudsman took the unusual step of publicly commenting on a complaint received involving Alberta Health Services.

The City of Red Deer, along with the municipalities of Calgary, Lethbridge and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo filed a complaint to the Ombudsman regarding Alberta Health Services’ consolidation of ambulance emergency dispatch services.

The Ombudsman Act authorizes the Ombudsman to investigate administrative decisions of government ministries and many related bodies, but the Act specifically prohibits her from investigating decisions of Alberta Health Services (AHS).

“My office thoroughly analyzed the complaint and confirmed that the decision to consolidate ambulance dispatch services was indeed made by AHS. While many government-related bodies fall under my jurisdiction, AHS is not one of them,” stated Marianne Ryan, Alberta’s Ombudsman. “In fact, the Ombudsman Act specifically states that my powers of investigation do not apply to health authorities. My ability to investigate AHS decisions would require a change in legislation. While the issue being complained about clearly affects many Albertans, I am bound by my governing legislation to only investigate matters that are clearly within my jurisdiction.”

Investigations by the Ombudsman are conducted in confidence, and it is the Ombudsman’s general practice not to comment publicly on complaints, especially ones that are not being investigated.

“Given the substance of the complaint has been widely reported in the media and that it relates to an issue affecting a great many Albertans, I advised the mayors that I would be making a public statement.”

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14% of City Employees still unvaccinated as mandate comes into effect Monday

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Employee immunization policy comes into full effect Monday

On Monday, The City’s employee immunization policy takes full effect with proof of vaccination or proof of negative rapid antigen testing required, per the timelines outlined in The City’s Covid-19 Employee Immunization Policy implemented on October 5, 2021.

Starting Monday, City staff who have not submitted their immunization records must provide proof of ongoing valid negative rapid antigen testing, tests are valid for 72 hours.

As of today, 1,256 (86%) staff have submitted their vaccination records; however, this number may change as more staff continue to complete vaccination and send in records. The City has set up a process for those who opt for negative rapid antigen testing in lieu of being vaccinated.

“We are pleased with the number of employees who have provided their immunization records, and we anticipate the majority who have not, will choose to provide proof of negative rapid antigen testing come Monday,” said Tara Lodewyk, Interim City Manager. “Many thanks to the staff who have worked together to bring this to implementation. The policy respects the preferences of individuals without compromising the health and safety of our employees and our community. In creating good policy, we need to do what is best for the overall organization.”

The City will do its best to work with all employees to navigate the complexities of the policy; however, the small number of staff who choose not to submit immunization records or provide proof of negative test will not be able to work and unpaid for that time.

The COVID-19 Immunization Policy implemented on October 5 applies to all City of Red Deer staff. The City Manager is delegated the authority under the Municipal Government Act to make decisions and create policies, which includes safety and business operations for the City of Red Deer. The current Employee Immunization Policy falls within this authority.

City Council will receive a report in January about what a potential policy for members of Council may look like, as well as potential timelines for implementation.

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