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Progressive Policing

Bail Dashboard

In 2022 Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) and the Toronto Police Service (TPS) developed and launched an inter-agency collaboration to share firearm bail compliance data in real-time.
Through the shared Firearm Bail Dashboard, both services can share and display each other’s bail offender information on internal dashboards. This innovative approach, the first of its kind in Canada, will help breakdown geographic barriers and ultimately lead to increased officer and community safety. The data will also give frontline officers access to real-time situation awareness. In 2022, there were approximately 203 bail offenders displayed on the dashboard with more than 600 checks done between the launch date of July 7 and December 31.

Toronto Police and DRPS Announce Collaboration to Share Firearm Bail Compliance Data in Real Time

Firearm Bail Dashboard Gets Attention

Cybercrime Unit

Over the past several years, computer-based crime has increased exponentially. These crimes include malicious software attacks, such as ransomware, which can be devastating to a business’ network and large-scale thefts and frauds involving cryptocurrency, which leads to significant personal financial losses. In response, the DRPS Cyber Crime Unit was created in September 2022. The Unit provides investigative support for computer and internet-based crime and offers a swift technical response to incidents involving cryptocurrency and ransomware. The Cyber Crime Unit also provides open-source data gathering for major investigations and facilitates service-wide training in digital evidence gathering. In four short months, the Unit completed 31 internal requests for online searches, 40 cryptocurrency traces and one ransomware investigation. The unit expects to grow and increase its presence within the Service.
Members of the unit also participated in the Cyber Awareness Month media campaign to spread awareness and educate the community, businesses and vulnerable members of society on cyber-safety.

Hot Spot Policing

How does DRPS decide when and where to have officers patrol areas of the region? It’s not a guessing game. DRPS uses evidence-based policing to capitalize on experience and analytics to develop these strategies. DRPS crime analysts use geographical dashboards to track crime trends in those areas. The type, time and location of crime activity is used to plan for policing presence and officer assignments. Also known as “hot spot policing,” the use of statistics and trends can provide efficient and effective use of officer resources.
DRPS crime analysts have identified 26 hotspots of violent crime across the region. The combined area of these hotspots makes up less than a quarter of 1% of the region’s area, but so far this year they account for more than 13% of the reported violent crime in the region.
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