With municipal elections around the corner, Peel councillors as well as MPs and MPPs are increasingly fielding questions from concerned citizens about the widely circulated reports of crime in both Brampton and Mississauga. Politicians naturally want to appear to be doing something about it and possibly find a scapegoat to blame for this wave of unrest.
Recently Peel Police Chief Jennifer Evans, provided councillors a mid-year update and rattled out official statistics. Although stabbings between 2016 and 2017 decreased by 20 per cent, Evans said there were 51 stabbings in 2016 compared to 95 up until June 28.
Chief Evans said Peel police is seeing an increase in calls for service.
Last year Peel police communications centre received 639,000 calls from 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls to the police switchboard, which works out to 1,750 calls per day, a seven per cent increase over 2016. Through the police Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, 450,000 policing events were created.
The largest number of citizen-initiated events are domestic calls (58,779), followed by medical assist (18,766), suicide attempt (18,666), multi-vehicle personal injuries (18,072) and mental health act calls (13,914).
There were 25 fatal collisions in 2017, with 28 deaths, Evans said that number was still too high.
In 2017, Peel police laid 88,204 charges under the Highway and Traffic Act (HTA), and on average, 242 tickets are issued per day.
In a sign of the times, impaired driving charges by alcohol are going down but once cannabis is legalized in the fall, the picture next year could be quite different.
Meanwhile Peel residents should not be unduly worried about the current crime wave because overall things are under control. The violence in Peel is no different from the trend witnessed across the GTA. -CINEWS