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Police officers and selected crime statistics — Selected crime statistics, by province and territory, 2010

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Selected crime statistics, by province and territory, 2010

Table summary
This table displays the results of selected crime statistics. The information is grouped by province or territory (appearing as row headers), incidents per officer, weighted clearance rate and crime severity index, calculated using number, percent and rate units of measure (appearing as column headers).

Province or territory Incidents per officerNote 1Note 2 Weighted
clearance rateNote 3
Crime Severity IndexNote 4
  number percent rate
Newfoundland and Labrador 36.5 34.3 80.2
Prince Edward Island 37.1 38.3 66.0
Nova Scotia 34.4 38.9 83.5
New Brunswick 29.6 45.4 69.0
Quebec 24.2 36.3 76.9
Ontario 22.4 42.4 65.0
Manitoba 49.4 40.2 127.8
Saskatchewan 57.1 50.3 148.2
Alberta 45.5 42.3 97.9
British Columbia 42.1 29.6 102.4
Yukon 59.8 58.9 171.2
Northwest Territories 100.5 72.9 340.2
Nunavut 98.7 77.0 345.7
Provincial and territorial
31.1 39.4 82.7
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Headquarters and Training Academy
Note ...: not applicable Note ...: not applicable Note ...: not applicable
Canada 30.3 39.4 82.7
Includes police-reported incidents excluding traffic.
Represents the actual number of permanent, fully-sworn police officers of all ranks (or their full-time equivalents) as of May 15, 2010. This number also includes officers who are deployed to contract positions and who are not available for general policing duties in their community. Police officers on long-term leave who are not being paid by the police service's annual budget are excluded.
Criminal incidents can either be cleared by charge or cleared otherwise (for example, through extrajudicial means in instances where a charge could otherwise be laid).The weighted clearance rate is based on the same principle used to create the police-reported Crime Severity Index, whereby more serious offences are assigned a higher weight than less serious offences. Applying this concept to clearance rates means that, for example, the clearance of a homicide, robbery or break and enter receives a higher weight than the clearance of less serious offences such as minor theft, mischief and disturbing the peace.
The Crime Severity Index takes into account both the volume and the seriousness of crime. In the calculation of the Crime Severity Index, each offence is assigned a weight, derived from average sentences handed down by criminal courts. The more serious the average sentence, the higher the weight for that offence. As a result, more serious offences have a greater impact on changes in the index. All Criminal Code offences, including traffic offences and other federal statute offences, are included in the Crime Severity Index.
Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Police Administration Survey and Uniform Crime Reporting Survey.