Belleville’s crime rate, over the last three months of last year, is down almost 16 percent compared to 2014.
Between October and December of last year 1,423 actual crimes were reported to Belleville Police, compared to 1,616 the year before.
Chief Cory MacKay tells Quinte News, it’s a trend being seen in other cities as well.
The biggest reasons for the drop were a 78 percent decrease in fourth quarter robberies and a 39 percent cut in fourth quarter robberies, between 2014 and 2015.
Also at its regular meeting today, the Belleville Police Board got an update on summer enforcement on Cannifton Road, Maitland Drive and in the Village of Plainfield.
The Chief says that information is being passed along to council, as they move forward with the next steps.
The board also approved a $250 donation to the police service’s upcoming Pedal For Hope campaign, as well as another $100 to go towards the Belleville Police Pitter Patter Fun Run, being held later this month.
Deputy Chief Ron Gingac updated the board on plans for the Community Safety Plan open houses, being held on April 13th in Thurlow and on April 14th in Belleville.
Chief MacKay also announced Prince Edward County native Josh Woodcock will be joining the service, making a move from the York Regional Police Service.
She also invited board members to the next swearing in of new officers, at the Quinte Courthouse on April 14th.
The Belleville Police Services Board is scheduled to meet again next month.