SOUTH DISTRICT OVERVIEW
The Community Services Division (CSD) South District encompasses the area south of Victoria Avenue, east of Winnipeg Street and west of Albert Street, to the City limits. The patrol district is broken down into 4 main zones those being South, Southeast, Southwest, and East. The geographical area that these patrol zones encompass continues to grow in the south with the Harbour Landing development and southeast with the Creeks, Creekside, and the Greens on Gardiner developments. The South District is the fastest growing area in the city.
These zones are further sub-divided into smaller atoms. Officers assigned to the South District are assigned specific zones and atoms in order to enhance geographic ownership and provide a more effective response to calls for service and community concerns.
The South District is overseen by one Inspector and one Staff Sergeant who are responsible for the oversight of South District members within four patrol shifts, the School Resource Program, The Regina intersectoral Partnership (TRiP), HUB and the Police and Crisis Team (PACT).
South District Community Crime Report
The Regina Police Service has Tactical Analysts who report on crime trends and collect data. This information is reported daily and is used to identify hot spots of crime in the City. This information is critical and provides the District S/Sgt.’s with the opportunity to effectively direct resources and develop timely strategies.
The Regina Police Service produces a community crime report through our records management system (IEIS). This report allows us to compare reported crimes against person and crimes against property for the South District. It also allows us to compare South District reported crimes to the remainder of the city.
Crimes Against Property
Property crime in the South District in 2018 accounted for 39.9% of reported property crime in the City of Regina, the same percentage as 2017. Of the four zones in the South District, the Southeast zone accounted for the highest number of events at 35.2% of all property crimes in the district. The South zone reported 32.5% of all property crimes in the district. The Southwest zone reported 18.0% of all property crimes in the district. The East zone had the fewest number of reported property crimes in the district at 14.1%.
|SOUTH DISTRICT 2018 Crime Against Property|
|S. District total||446||383||383||369||543||617||582||602||607||623||501||532||6188|
|S. District %||40.8%||40.8%||38.2%||34.2%||39.9%||44.3%||40.4%||41.1%||40.1%||39.4%||37.3%||41.0%||39.9%|
Select Property Crimes – 3 Year Comparison
In 2018, the South District experienced increases in Break and Enter, Theft from Auto and Theft of Auto while Mischief offences decreased compared to 2017.
|South District Property Crime 3 Year Comparison|
|Break and Enter||795||669||830|
|Theft from Auto||1088||988||1183|
|Theft of Auto||496||424||690|
|Total Above Violations||3520||3154||3694|
North District Property Crime 3 Year Comparison
Crimes Against the Person
Crimes against the Person in the South District in 2018 accounted for 32.1% of all reported crimes against the person in the City of Regina. The Southeast zone reported 31.8% of all crimes against the person in the district, while the Southwest had the fewest number of reported crimes against the person in the district at 18.7%.
|SOUTH DISTRICT 2017 Crime Against Person|
|S. District total||31||17||20||15||16||21||14||19||21||17||11||19||221|
|S. District %||31.1%||29.2%||38.7%||34.4%||27.0%||28.8%||31.3%||31.4%||30.2%||35.3%||38.3%||30.0%||32.1%|
North District Crime Against Person 2018
Select Crimes Against Person – 3 Year Comparison
|North District Crimes Against Person 3 Year Comparison|
|Total Above Violations||620||676||818|
South District 3 Year Comparison – All Occurrences
|South District 3 Year Comparison All Occurrences|
|No District Specified||2571||3009||3327|
|Regina All Occurences||45303||46381||49432|
South District 3 Year Comparison All Occurrences
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER (SRO) PROGRAM
2018 Year in Review (School Academic Year 2017-2018)
There were 13 School Resource Officers (SROs) for 14 high schools, 75 elementary schools and approximately 10 alternate schools and programs. One of the 13 officers is dedicated to teaching full-time with Law, Public Safety and Security (LPSS) class at Campus Regina Public. In January 2019, the U of R liaison position was discontinued and this officer was added to the total number of SROs, which increased the total number of SROs to 14 officers.
The officers assigned to this section completed:
375 Presentations, a decrease of 28.2% from 2017
Topics included bullying, cyber-bullying, gangs, drugs, law, the role of police, lockdown procedures and safety drills.
592 Mediations, a decrease of 5.8% from 2017
These mediations included school yard bullying, fights / assaults and cyber bullying, etc. By addressing the problems that exist amongst the students through mediation and not proceeding criminally seems to be the most effective solution in the majority of the cases.
163 Event-participation, a decrease of 15.5% from 2017
Events include everything from meetings, sporting events, rallies, assemblies to serving Christmas dinners, school dances, Showcase, and Cornwall Centre Cop-Shop.
*The decrease in presentations, mediations and events is largely due to the SROs spending more and more time investigating serious incidents occurring within the schools such as assaults and threatening. Social media has led to a dramatic increase in the number of investigations being conducted by SROs.
127 Lockdown Drills, an increase of 20.9% from 2017
30 Stage 1 Violent Threat Risk Assessments (VTRAs) and attended 62 VTRA follow-up meetings over the 2017-2018 school year. VTRAs follow a three-step process that uses a multidisciplinary approach to respond to threat-making behaviours in an attempt to reduce violence and prevent traumatic events.
Other events and training School Resource Officers participated in were:
The National Association of School Resource Officers Conference (NASRO)
The annual SGI Water Bottle Drive: SROs and school safety patrol students run a “stop check” in 4 school zones and students thank drivers for driving safely in their school zones and give the occupants of the vehicle an RPS / SGI water bottle.
Positive Ticketing – Teen Drivers: Partnered with SGI, the SROs identified 4 high school zones and stopped teen drivers and issued positive ticketing for not driving while using a cell phone. In addition to the positive ticketing, various novelty items were also given out including Tim Horton’s gift cards.
Leaders Creating Future Leaders Lunch and Learn: Leaders Creating Future Leaders is a joint initiative between Regina Crime Stoppers and the Regina Police Service, made possible by the leadership and support of our corporate partner, Conexus Credit Union. 20 elementary school-aged students are chosen for their leadership abilities to attend a seminar over the lunch hour each month with their SRO and share in a lunch with the leadership group. The SROs and the student group listen to a community leader share their wisdom and provide mentorship to these students.
SRO Parks Project
The 2018 Summer Park Patrol was policed by School Resource Officers throughout the summer months. The officers rode bikes in the daylight hours and were in patrol cars in the evening. The SROs’ primary mandate for the summer was to locate and return vulnerable missing persons as well as direct attention to identified “hot spots” of reported crime. During the Park Project officers also attended planned events such as:
- Science Centre – Bike Safety
- Regina Housing Authority Day Camps
- Street Culture – drop in play groups
- Regina Exhibition Family Fun Zone
- SGI Child Safety Seat Clinics
- Community BBQs
- First Ride Bus Safety for new kindergarten children
THE REGINA INTERSECTORAL PARTNERSHIP (TRiP)
TRiP is a multi-sector collaborative risk-driven initiative designed to improve community safety and well-being in Regina. TRiP is made up of the 11 and Under Initiative (l lUI) and the twelve&up Initiative.
TRiP is a shared commitment by multiple human service agencies including the Ministry of Social Services, the Ministry of Justice, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Regina Public and Catholic School Boards and the Regina Police Service. By focusing on coordinated service support and a reduction of barriers to pro-social activities, TRiP aims to generate risk reduction and ultimately reduce vulnerability of children and their families through improvedcommunication and collaboration among service providers.
In 2018, TRiP received 59 referrals for llUI and 55 for twelve&up for a total of 114 referrals. As of December 31, 2018, TRiP had 81 active files and held 388 case conferences with families during the calendar year. Case conferences are held every 4 to 8 weeks as required based on an identified level of risk.
Some interesting initiatives TRiP youth have been involved in:
- Lunch with the Chief
- Lunch with a Judge
- Cop Shop
Some initiatives TRiP Staff have been involved in:
- Citizens’ Police Academy
- Public Schools Parent information nights
- Numerous presentations to government and non-government agencies
THE REGINA HUB
In 2018 The Regina HUB was formally established. The Regina HUB is a partnership between the Regina Police Service, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Corrections and Policing, the Ministry of Social Services and the Regina Housing Authority. The mandate of The Regina HUB is to help create a better outcome for individuals and families in high risk situations. Through enhanced collaboration and consultation with community agencies, individuals and families experiencing a crisis are connected immediately to services and support to help build positive and healthy lives. In 2018, 76 cases were referred to The Regina HUB. Of those 76 cases, 45 were accepted and either connected with services or informed of services. The remaining 31 cases were rejected because the individual or family already had supports in place. The Regina Police Service had the highest number of referrals at 28 and was the lead agency on 20 occasions.
POLICE AND CRISIS TEAM (PACT)
PACT strives to improve police and crisis team responses to vulnerable people experiencing a mental health illness and / or addiction concern. PACT creates and maintains a network between the Regina Police Service and the Saskatchewan Health Authority. This network also includes a number of community partners to maintain an environment of trust and support to produce better outcomes for people in crisis. PACT consists of two teams, one police officer and one mental health clinician on each team, to allow for coverage 7 days a week.
In 2018, PACT was involved in 1,537 case files, a 35% increase from 2017. 907 people were risk reviewed and documented by PACT with no further action required. For this group, an existing connection to services in the community was in place. 630 people required a crisis intervention where a mental health or risk assessment was conducted, an increase of 50% from 2017. PACT has successfully assessed and linked clients with appropriate resources within the community. This resulted in 241 individuals being diverted from the emergency department and referred to other services in the community in 2018. Through this process, PACT along with community partners, have been able to achieve more positive outcomes for people in mental health crisis.