Annual reports can be very useful tools, generally providing a review of the previous year’s performance. Like most major corporations, the Winnipeg Police Service releases an annual report. Based on the late year release of the 2009 Annual Report – it wasn’t made available until December 2010 – one can anticipate that it may be another 11 months before the public and media see the 2010 Annual Report.
Eleven months after the fact is a little too late to get crime statistics. After 11 months, statistics, especially crime statistics, are old, stale and really of little if any use if one wants to analyze them and effect any meaningful change.
So if you want a statistical preview of the 2010 annual report visit the Crimestat website and click on ‘view report’. Unlike the Annual Report (i.e. the official ‘picture book’ version), the website has no glossy pictures of helicopters and guns (the preoccupation of the mayor and current police executive). You can look at the pictures, however, when the actual annual report comes out in December. If, of course, that’s what you’re after.
The ‘star’ again this year driving the majority of the 8% reduction in the crimes tracked by Crimestat was the award winning Winnipeg Auto Theft Reduction Strategy, the evidence based and data driven strategy that was implemented in 2005.