Officers with the Kenora OPP are saying their calls for service are down to 160 to 1,672, when compared with 1,832 last year. This is due in large part to the pandemic.

So far this year, there have been 797 less calls for service in the first five months of 2020. The Kenora detachment has had a total of 6,744 this year, compared with 7,541 last year.

By comparison, calls for service were up 45 per cent in the first four months of 2019, when compared with 2018.  

Local police have seen a significant drop of 266 Highway Traffic Act offences this year, even though they had 1,979 more patrol hours, including an extra 184 hours on foot patrol. 

Crime statistics are also down for the first five months of the year, with the exception of sexual assaults. In the first five months of 2020, there have been a total of 26 sexual assault cases, compared with 16 during the same time period last year.

Detachment commander Jeff Duggan noted during the meeting that 11 of this year's sexual assault cases were recorded in February, before the coronavirus outbreak. In February of 2019, there were only four.

The estimated cost of policing for the Kenora OPP is expected to be just over $6 million, down from the actual cost of $6.15 million for 2019.

This represents $397 on a residential property tax bill of $2,226. 

For more information:

Kenora Police Services Board - Agenda for June 25 meeting

Calls, crime stats down in Kenora (May 2020)

OPP calls for service up (May 2019)