Ottawa – The number of crimes against people, homicides and motor vehicle fatalities decreased in 2011, according to a report that will be presented to the Ottawa Police Services Board Monday night.

The 2011 Crime, Police and Traffic Statistics Report also found that while calls for service to the Ottawa Police were up by about 1%, the overall level of reported crime fell by over two percent in 2011.

“The report provides an overview of police activities and initiatives, as well as crime and performance statistics for the past year,” said Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, Chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board. “The data in this report is good news and, along with community feedback received in the 2012 public survey, helps to enhance our future problem solving efforts.”

Ottawa Police received 390,000 calls for service in 2011 with 36,622 Criminal Code of Canada offences being reported, down by 860 incidents.

The report also found;

 – An overall reduction in crimes against persons, almost 5%, which resulted in a 14% decrease in homicides, from 14 in 2010 to 11 in 2011.

 – There was a slight decrease in reported property crimes, with 3,000 fewer offences for a total of about 27,150 offences in 2011.  About 2,700 of these were categorized as break and enters.

 – There were 17 fewer fatalities from motor vehicle collisions in 2011 (36 in 2010, 19 in 2011), down by 47% from 2010.

 – The overall solvency rate for total criminal code offences has remained consistent year over year at 39% citywide.  The solvency for 2011 homicides was 66%.

“These positive numbers show that Ottawa is making gains against crimes and preventable deaths on our roadways,” said Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau. “We want to see these positive trends continue and we will move forward in our work and with our partnerships in the community to continually work for a safer community.”

Recognizing the positive findings, there are also areas of increases in types of crime such as robberies, illegal guns and gang activity that OPS is actively engaged in reducing.

The Ottawa Police Service is a proud member of the Safer Roads Ottawa Program ,which is a leading community partnership committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

A key contribution by the Ottawa Police Service to the Safer Roads Ottawa Program is the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) which targets two specific traffic enforcement initiatives each month.