A Message From the Chief Of London Police

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It has been one year since I assumed command of the London Police Service. As Chief of Police, one of my goals has been to enhance our community outreach and partnerships. To this end, I have expanded the London Police Chaplaincy Program to include two additional faith leaders from the community. Rabbi Ammos Chorny and Imam Munir El Kassem have joined Father Jim Mockler and Reverend David Carrothers as members of the LPS Chaplaincy Team, to offer spiritual guidance and counselling to our members and the community-at-large in times of need. We are very happy to have them join our team and know that we will benefit from their wisdom and guidance.
In the same vein, our Diversity Program, under the stewardship of Constable Marcel Marcellin, has continued to expand. We are very cognizant of the need to reflect the make-up of our community and continue to strive to recruit candidates from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as develop mutually beneficial relationships with various ethnic and cultural groups to enhance the quality of life for all of our citizens. This year marked the first time that the London Police Service participated, along with members of the O.P.P, R.C.M.P and the Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service, in London’s Gay Pride Parade. This was a tremendous opportunity for our service and we appreciated the support that we received from our wider community.

On Sunday, September 18th the London Police Service celebrated a significant milestone.  This year marked the 50th anniversary of the London Police Auxiliary with a full parade at Fanshawe College. The event was attended by The Honourable Member of Provincial Parliament, Attorney General Chris Bentley, as well as His Worship Mayor Joe Fontana. Councillor Judy Bryant, a member of the London Police Services Board, also attended. The audience included family, friends, past Auxiliary members, sworn and civilian members, members of other polices services, as well as members of the media. I am very grateful and proud that I had the opportunity to participate in this historical event during my tenure as Chief of Police. Our London Police Service Auxiliary performed flawlessly and the entire event was clearly indicative of their dedication, strong work ethic, and pride.

On September 22nd, we celebrated the completion of the expansion and renovation project at London Police Service Headquarters. I want to express my appreciation to all involved in the planning, design, and construction of our state-of-the-art facility; to members of the East London community for their input into the design of the facility; and to all members of the Service who experienced disruption in their work areas for, at times, many months during the construction of the new building and renovation of the existing space. It is my hope that our new facility provides a comfortable and efficient work space that will meet the needs of our staff for many years to come.

As we move into fall, we have begun the preparatory work for our new three-year Business Plan for 2013 to 2015. This process involves a public needs survey, an internal needs survey, and a series of community consultations with citizens, community groups, business associations, boards of education, etc. The information obtained from these various sources will be analyzed and will assist us in determining priorities for the Service in 2013 through 2015.

As citizens of London, we are all only too well aware of the current economic impacts that are affecting all of us. Clearly, this has resulted in concerns being raised over the costs associated to policing one’s community. We are not immune to issues that have surfaced in other jurisdictions, Toronto being the most recent example. Policing our community is complicated and requires the ability to provide services to a variety of stakeholders, while at the same time ensuring that our core functions, such as uniformed patrol and investigative services, are maintained at optimum levels. The London Police Service will continue to seek opportunities to realize operational efficiencies; however, maintaining our current services is essential to community safety and well-being.

London is well served through the tremendous dedication to duty and strong work ethic that is at the core of each and every one of our sworn and civilian members. I am very proud of our Service and our motto “Deeds Not Words” embodies our dedication to the policing profession.

Bradley S. Duncan, M.O.M.,
Chief of Police

 

Historical Comparison

Offence Category
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
Homicide
2
6
3
7
5
14
4
5
2
3
7
8
Attempt Murder
13
9
9
4
3
4
14
3
2
1
3
2
Abduction
12
16
8
21
27
20
43
44
53
60
68
65
Assault
1,995
2,064
2,105
2,016
2,108
2,285
2,329
2,405
2,427
2,481
2,400
2248
Sexual Assault
256
198
267
201
262
230
210
247
199
242
263
235
Robbery
273
281
266
243
312
323
400
285
288
323
301
313
Break and Enter
3,326
2,996
3,270
3,322
2,754
2,857
3,126
2,616
2,418
2,626
2,415
2900
Theft: Motor Vehicle
3,063
3,110
2,695
2,448
2,488
2,339
2,764
1,909
1,439
1,265
956
891
Theft
10,660
9,956
9,391
10,084
9,317
9,700
10,543
9,839
10,534
10,649
8,911
8369
Possession Stolen Property
207
150
160
198
221
211
265
266
280
279
280
220
Frauds
934
960
1,123
992
1,076
1,141
1,110
1,031
1,273
1,297
1,726
1180
Counterfeit
562
667
1,129
2,279
2,459
1,791
527
361
366
142
92
77
Prostitution
42
14
42
23
28
51
79
112
67
85
79
115
Gaming and Betting
2
0
1
0
3
1
2
3
2
3
1
0
Offensive Weapon
100
135
137
99
110
162
165
213
175
242
235
237
Other Criminal Code
9,217
9,118
8,727
8,723
8,757
9,794
11,764
11,335
10,566
10,255
9,663
9199
Total Criminal
30,664
29,680
29,333
30,660
29,930
30,923
33,347
30,674
30,091
29,953
27,400
2 6,059

 

Crime Statistics – Year to Date **

Offence Category

2012 Year to Date
Homicide 2
Attempt Murder 2
Abduction 9
Assault 679
Sexual Assault 74
Robbery 120
Break and Enter 660
Theft: Motor Vehicle 265
Theft 2780
Possession Stolen Property 61
Frauds 334
Counterfeit 54
Prostitution 33
Gaming and Betting 0
Offensive Weapon 78
Other Criminal Code 3132
Total Criminal 8283

** Note: Number of Occurrences as of April 30, 2012

 

Communications Statistics

 

 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Telephone Calls 355,143 348,825 360,393 387,243 399,689 399,954 401,555 399,153 417,921 396,053 405,834
Total 911 Calls IncludesPoliceAmbulanceFire

 

133,562 135,826 149,614 163,897 162,143 158,662 156,935 156,516 162,560 155,951 166,611

 

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