DC crime rate seventh in province amongst similar-sized cities, fifth for Criminal Code offences

Dawson Creek’s municipal crime rate is seventh amongst 32 similar municipalities, and fifth for amount of Criminal Code offences. 

Mile Zero has one of the higher caseload per officer amounts in the province – according to most recent reports by Police Resources in British Columbia.

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When looking at provincial and Highway Traffic Act related crimes (not municipal), Dawson Creek RCMP’s provincial caseload is the sixth highest in all of British Columbia, of more than 100 detachments across the province.

When it comes to municial police costs per capita of cities between 5 and 15,000 people – Dawson Creek sits towards the top. It costs $333 per capita in Dawson Creek for policing, 8th among 32 RCMP detachments serving the same population base.

Total costs for the DC municipal force in 2016 was $4,028,999, placing the city 5th amongst similar municipalities. 

Police Resources in British Columbia reports indicate that Dawson Creek’s municipal force carry 57 cases per officer.

Dawson Creek’s Canadian Criminal Code offences of 1428 places the city fifth per year are only topped by Prince Rupert, Terrace Lake, Williams Lake and Quesnel.

When it comes to provincial RCMP members, and roughly 110 jurisdictions, DC RCMP provincial caseload of 103 per officer is the sixth highest in British Columbia. Tumbler Ridge’s provincial caseload is 29 per officer, Fort St. John’s is 55, Chetwynd’s 42.

Under the BC Police Act a municipality is responsible for its police services when its population exceeds 5,000 persons. These municipalities may form their own municipal police department, contract with an existing municipal police department, or contract with the provincial government for RCMP municipal police services. 

In 2016, there were 75 municipalities in BC responsible for providing police services within their municipal boundaries. Twelve municipalities were policed by municipal police departments and 63 were policed by the RCMP.

In 2016, there were 63 municipalities in BC that contracted with the provincial government for RCMP municipal police services. 

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