After a tough year with break-ins for downtown businesses in Kenora, the OPP say things have turned around. Detachment commander Jeff Duggan has an update.

"Scenes of crime officers are attending every call. They're processing evidence. We've had a lot of success with processing evidence at scenes. I think in the very near future you're going to see some of those cases closed as solved," he added.

Police add they're also having success reducing calls for service related to at-risk youth and addictions.

Duggan noted one teen accounted for 66 calls for service in a year, but with the help of staff from community partners, the number has been reduced to 15 calls in a year.

"So, that's a huge success for us. Not only is that youth person getting the help that they need, but it's also reducing the calls for service. Most importantly, that youth is getting the help they need," the detachment commander emphasized.

The detachment has been working closely with staff from the Kenora Chiefs Advisory on this project. They're also working with detox staff, in an effort to divert people in need of help with addictions, rather than send them through the legal system.

During yesterday's police service board meeting, the detachment commander noted statistics for 2018 are down from 2017, when the police service started to see methamphetamine in the area.

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