2013-07-20 09:36 PDT
Every two weeks Coquitlam RCMP investigators and staff come together for CompStat, a forum we use to review and analyze local crime data and make plans to address the people, places and issues that are compromising the safety of the neighbourhoods and citizens we serve.
CompStat is the cornerstone of our Crime Reduction Strategy. It combines data analysis, strategic problem solving and rigorous accountability to help our team reduce crime in our jurisdiction.
If you want information from our most recent CompStat including what crime trends were identified, what we are doing about them in the next two weeks and how you and your community can help you have two options:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is CompStat?
The CompStat process is the cornerstone of Coquitlam RCMP's successful Crime Reduction Strategy (CRS).
Key to the process is a bi-weekly meeting where crime statistics, project updates and intelligence from the preceding two weeks are reviewed by a group of analysts and investigators. The focus of CompStat is to quickly identify crime trends and put concrete plans in place to address them.
At the end of each CompStat meeting, the team identifies several hotspots, which become the focus of increased patrols and street checks by members and volunteers over the subsequent two week period.
What is the Crime Reduction Strategy?
The CRS is an approach to policing and public safety that keeps the entire Coquitlam RCMP team focused on the people ("prolific" and "priority" offenders), places ("hotspots") and issues ("root causes") that are having the most significant negative impact on public safety in our jurisdiction.
This means we spend a lot of time gathering intelligence, working with our partners in the community and conducting enforcement projects intended to identify and resolve the biggest public safety issues in our jurisdiction.
That's the simple answer, you can find out more about the CRS here.
What is a prolific offender?
Prolific offenders are the relatively small number of people that are involved in a disproportionate amount of crime and disorder. More on prolific offenders.
What is a hotspot?
Hotspots are specific physical locations (e.g., residential neighbourhoods, business areas or public spaces) that are the site of a disproportionate amount of crime and disorder. This could be due to environmental factors, like lighting or landscaping, or it could be due to human factors, like the presence of prolific offenders.
Our objective is to identify and deal with hotspots before they become more permanent high crime areas.
Find out more about hotspots here.
What can I do to make my neighbourhood safer?
We encourage residents and businesses to follow these three simple steps to help make their community safer:
- Get connected to your neighbourhood. When you know the people, vehicles & activities that are normal in your area it's easier to spot suspicious or criminal activity if it happens.
- Pay attention to your environment. Whether you're at home, at work, at school or anywhere in between, it pays to stay alert. Put away your cell phone, unplug your headphones & tune in to what's going on around you.
- If you see something, say something. If you see criminal or suspicious activity, call us at 604-945-1550 for non-emergencies and 9-1-1 in an emergency. We may not send an officer to investigate immediately but without your information we have no way of knowing what is going on in your area. More information on reporting crime.
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