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2020 Annual Report

Comparing Crime Statistics

Crime statistics in this report should not be compared to statistics from previous Annual Statistical Reports due to changes in counting rules.

It is also not recommended that the crime statistics in this report be compared to crime statistics prepared by other agencies due to the fact that different methods of categorization, geographic, technical data, and time constraints may affect the outcome.

Although comparing exact numbers is not recommended, the general trends and magnitude of change should be similar regardless of the counting method.

Detailed information pertaining to Statistics Canada crime reporting methodology can be found in the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey documents posted on Statistics Canada website.

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Colour Breakdown for Statistics

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2018 Statistics

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2019 Statistics

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2020 Statistics

Acronyms

CCC = Criminal Code of Canada

ADLS = Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension

YCJA = Youth Criminal Justice Act

R.I.D.E. = Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere

Message from the Chair

Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board

Message from the Chief

Chief Hugh Stevenson, M.O.M., Ed.D

Organizational Structure

Organization Chart - Revised June 29, 2020

Board Members

2020 Board Members

Calls For Service

Calls for Service ↑
%

The below numbers represent our Top 10 calls for service where the violation (criminal or non-criminal) is the most serious in a single occurrence.

Calls For Service 2020

Calls For Service 2019

Calls For Service 2018

Generated Occurrences

Civilians 4

Includes: Calls for Service, Proactive Initiatives and Administrative Occurrences

Prince Township Statistics

Calls for Service ↑
%

Total Incidents

Prince Township – Top Five Calls 2020

Prince Township – Top Five Calls 2019

Prince Township – Top Five Calls 2018

Other includes: Dangerous conditions, Mental Health Act, Focused Patrol, Person Welfare Checks, Suspicious Persons, 911 Call/911 Hang-Up, Attempt/Threat of Suicide, Phone Calls, Family Disputes, Trespass to Property Act, Landlord/Tenant Problem, Ambulance Assist

Other Criminal Code includes: Adduction, Arson, Attempt Murder, Bail Violations, Breach of Probation, Child Pornography, Disturb the Peace, Fraud, Harassment, Homicide, Impaired Operation, Kidnapping, Luring, Indecent Acts, Mischief, Public Morals, Sexual Assault, Threats, Obstruct Police Officer

Other includes: Dangerous conditions, Mental Health Act, Focused Patrol, Person Welfare Checks, Suspicious Persons, 911 Call/911 Hang-Up, Attempt/Threat of Suicide, Phone Calls, Family Disputes, Trespass to Property Act, Landlord/Tenant Problem, Ambulance Assist

Other Criminal Code includes: Adduction, Arson, Attempt Murder, Bail Violations, Breach of Probation, Child Pornography, Disturb the Peace, Fraud, Harassment, Homicide, Impaired Operation, Kidnapping, Luring, Indecent Acts, Mischief, Public Morals, Sexual Assault, Threats, Obstruct Police Officer

Other includes: Dangerous conditions, Mental Health Act, Focused Patrol, Person Welfare Checks, Suspicious Persons, 911 Call/911 Hang-Up, Attempt/Threat of Suicide, Phone Calls, Family Disputes, Trespass to Property Act, Landlord/Tenant Problem, Ambulance Assist

Other Criminal Code includes: Adduction, Arson, Attempt Murder, Bail Violations, Breach of Probation, Child Pornography, Disturb the Peace, Fraud, Harassment, Homicide, Impaired Operation, Kidnapping, Luring, Indecent Acts, Mischief, Public Morals, Sexual Assault, Threats, Obstruct Police Officer

Fast Facts

Offensive Weapons ↑
%
Calls for Service ↑
%
Criminal Charges Total ↓
%
RIDE Checks ↑
%
Speeding Tickets
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Drugs Seized ↑
%

2020
$728,413

Motor Vehicle Collisions ↓
%
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Public Complaints ↑
%
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Integrated Municipal Enforcement Team (IMET)

Assists
Properties Attended
Domestic Violence ↑
%
Prince Township Calls for Service ↑
%
ESU Call Outs ↑
%
Bike Patrol Shifts
June 2020 - Sept. 2020
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Online Reportings
Total Website Users

Crimes of Violence

ESU 1
Offensive Weapons ↑
%
Total Crimes of Violence ↑
%
Homicide ↑
Attempt Murder ↓
Robbery ↑
Assaults ↑
Sexual Assault ↑
Abduction ↑
Offensive Weapons ↑
Domestic Disputes ↑

Drugs

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On Aug. 12, 2020, officers with the Crime Suppression Unit and the Drug Enforcement Unit made the largest seizure of narcotics in the history of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.

In total, 459.98 grams of fentanyl, 15.56 grams of heroin, 332.84 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 5.12 grams of crack cocaine, 4.24 grams of cocaine, 103 oxycodone pills and $18,070 of Canadian currency was seized. The estimated street value of the narcotics seized is $289,638. A vehicle with an estimated value of $12,000 was also seized.

Value of Drugs Seized

2018
$342,784

2019
$171,660

2020
$728,413

Property Crimes

Property Crimes ↑
%

COVID-19 & Project Atom

covid-19

During the first wave of COVID-19 we launched Project Atom to enforce provincial regulations and protect area businesses which were closed due to a provincial lockdown. In addition to ensuring lockdown conditions were being followed, there was an emphasis on confirming release conditions of individuals with pending criminal charges before the courts were followed. Project Atom was in operation from April 20 – June 4, 2020.

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COVID-19

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Project Atom

Tesla Nissan Toyota Honda Mazda Ford
2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Mental Health

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

*The percentages of the calls that the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) took are for reportable Mental Health Act and Person Well-Being Check occurrences only.

Canine Unit

Cst Turco and Hektor

In 2018, Canine Officer Cst. Dan Turco was away training the new Police Service Dog (PSD), Hektor. In 2019 and 2020, PSD Justice and PSD Hektor were used for calls.

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Integrated Municipal Enforcement Team (IMET)

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In 2020, Sault Police along with Sault Fire Services, City of Sault Ste. Marie Building and By-Law, the housing commission and other partners formed the Integrated Municipal Enforcement Team (IMET).

This enforcement oriented team brings together all agencies with enforcement mandates, with the support of other partner agencies, to develop action plans in order to address a variety of community issues and concerns.

One of the duties of IMET will be to locate neglected properties and buildings in disrepair that are unsafe for tenants and community members.

Our new Community Safety Officers play a vital role with IMET as well as educating community members of crime prevention methods.

Properties Attended

The IMET also attended six additional properties to assist City By-law Enforcement Officers in the cleanup of derelict properties around the city.

Traffic Statistics

Traffic 3 - May. 2020 Motorcycle
Speeding Tickets
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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Online Reporting

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The launch of our new website allowed us to increase our capacity to answer calls for service via Online Reporting. Allowing community members to report specific crimes online, such as theft of property, allows frontline officers to respond to more serious calls in a more timely manner. Online Reporting expands our ability to more efficiently respond to calls for service, and we look forward to expanding the number of crimes community members can report online in 2021. The new Online Reporting feature went live on June 26, 2020.

Number of Reports
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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Our service launched its Online Reporting System in May 2020. Several types of reports can be filed online, including lost property, theft, and mischief to name a few. Bicycle registration can also be done online.

*The option to report break and enter occurrences online did not become available until August 2020. These break and enters only include detached garages, sheds, and outbuildings - break and enters to residences and businesses are not eligible for online reporting at this time.

Bike Patrol

bike-patrol

June 2020 - September 2020

Dayshifts

Motor Vehicle Collisions

Traffic 4
Property Damage ↓
Non Fatal Injury ↓
Fatal ↑

Hit and Run Accidents

R.I.D.E. and Driving Offences Statistics

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R.I.D.E. Program

*Due to Legislative ammendments, reporting structures have changed.

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Driving Offences

Use of Force

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The total number of Use of Force Reports does not equal the total number of occurrences where force was used.

Complaints

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Public Complaints

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Results of Complaints

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Website and Social Media

Hockey Card Launch

In January 2020 we launched a new website, saultpolice.ca. The rebranded site was a much needed overhaul for our online presence. Our main site, along with our social media platforms, @SaultPolice on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, allows us to connect with our community in a more immediate and personal way.

Total Users
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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Facebook

Page Likes ↑

Increase in Overall Page Likes

Jan 1, 2020 7,090 likes – December 31, 2020 9,112 likes = +2,022 likes

Most Popular Post

August 13, 2020 – Largest Drug Seizure in Service History
258.7 thousand people reached
81.9 thousand post clicks
15.2 thousand reactions, comments and/or shares

"On Wednesday, August 12, 2020 officers with the Crime Suppression Unit and the Drug Enforcement Unit made the largest drug seizure in the history of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.

The seizure includes 459.98 grams of Fentanyl, 15.56 grams of Heroin, 332.84 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine, 5.12 grams of Crack Cocaine, 4.24 grams of Cocaine, 103 oxycodone pills and $18,070 of Canadian currency. The total estimated street value of the narcotics seized of $289,638, the largest seizure by the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.

Chief Hugh Stevenson says “I want to put this seizure into perspective, specifically with regards to the Fentanyl seized. Fentanyl users, often use it in points. There are 10 points in a gram. So with this seizure of more than 459 grams of Fentanyl, our officers have taken nearly 4,600 potentially deadly points of Fentanyl off the market. This is the type of work our officers are dedicated to, and investigations into the distribution of illegal narcotics will continue as we remain committed to stopping the flow of drugs to our family, friends, neighbours and loved ones.” He adds “Our investigators need to be commended for their excellent work in getting this poison off our streets.”

Instagram

Top Three Most Viewed Posts

March 10, 2020 - Windows may be ice video - 807 views
March 26, 2020 - Security Camera Tips video - 730 views
April 9, 2020 - Watch Speed on Area Roads - 678 views

Twitter

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

*An impression represents how far a tweet has gone. It is the number of times the tweet has appeared on a timeline as the tweet continues to be liked and shared.

Domestic Violence

Tesla Nissan Toyota Honda Mazda Ford
2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

YCJA Diversion Program

Hires, Promotions, and Awards

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New Hires

Promotions

Inspector

Inspector

YearAmount
20181
20191
20201
Staff Sergeant

Staff Sergeant

YearAmount
20181
20193
20202
Sergeant

Sergeant

YearAmount
20183
20194
20204

Awards

30-years

30 Years Bar

YearAmount
20185
20195
20204
20-years

20 Years Bar

YearAmount
20182
20195
20204
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25 Years City Service

YearAmount
20183
20191
20208
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25 Years Civilian

YearAmount
20182
20191
20201

Crime Stoppers

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Budget

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Yearend Statistics

RIDE

Crime Stats

The below numbers represent only the most serious criminal violation in a single occurrence.

Crimes of Violence

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Crimes of Property

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

**Totals included in primary classification

Drugs

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Total Crimes

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Other Stats

The below numbers represent any occurrence where these non-criminal classifications have been captured. These classifications may not be the most serious violation on the occurrence, therefore, these may be included under one of the above criminal violations in our crime statistics.

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

*Portions may be contained in other Criminal Offences

Domestic Violence, Mental Health Act and Motor Vehicle Collisions not included in Total Crimes

Courthouse

Court Hours

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Prisoner Transportation

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16

Authorized Personnel

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2017 10 11 12 13 15 16
2018 10 11 12 13 15 16
2019 10 11 12 13 15 16