Police officers per 100,000 population in Niagara

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The rate of police officers per 100,000 population is used as an indicator of the perceptions of safety in a community. Their numbers and visibility in a community affect the public’s perception of overall safety and the capacity of police officers to engage in crime prevention and to respond to police calls from the public.

 

The rate of 165 police officers per 100,000 population in 2010 for Niagara is only slightly above the 2005 staffing level of 163 per 100,000.  The rate decreased from 176 in 2008 to 153 in 2009. Niagara has been below theOntarioand Canadian ratio of police to population from 2005 to 2010.

Table 6.1   Number of police officers per 100,000 – 2005-2010.

Niagara

Ontario

Canada

Year Number of police officers Rate per 100000 population Number of police officers Rate per 100000 population Number of police officers Rate per 100000 population

2010

732

165

26,361

200

69,299

203

2009

675

153

25,558

196

67,425

200

2008

679

176

24,945

194

65.283

196

2007

697

160

24,450

192

64,134

195

2006

689

159

23,759

188

62,458

192

    2005

705

163

23,420

187

61,050

189

Source: Policing Resources in Canada

The following figure summarizes rate of police officers,  the crime severity index and costs per capita for police services in Niagara and compared to other municipalities in Ontario.

Policing indicators in selected CMAs

NOTE: While the crime rate has gone down, the time to investigate each crime has increased considerably.

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