Violent crime trending up, chief says

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The Deep River Police Service (DRPS) is doing a good job in terms of its clearance rate of violent crimes.

That was one of the highlights of the police service’s 2023 annual report, which was presented to town council recently by Police Chief Dean Duchrow.

His report shows police cleared 97.9 percent of the violent crime events they investigated last year.

“Which is absolutely phenomenal, in my opinion,” Duchrow opined.

The chief went on to note, though, that the number of violent crimes the service investigated leaves something to be desired.

There were 48 violent crime events in town last year, and that’s a marked increase from the four years previous to that.

There were 24 violent crimes in 2019, 25 in 2020, 29 in 2021 and 24 again in 2022.

Cases of assault drove the main increase in violent crimes, with 27 in 2023 compared to 14 the year before.

Also included in the number of violent crimes, there were nine cases of sexual offences, up from four in 2022, one firearm related offence, and 11 other offences involving violence or the threat of violence, up from five the year previous…

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