From my notes whem RCMP crime prevention officer, Sgt Scott Wilson, spoke to the Kamloops Rotary Club on Feb 2nd 2009:
Local RCMP has taken proactive approach to crime with the prolific offender strategy. The RCMP employs a criminal intelligence coordinator who identifies the people responsible for the most crime in our community - like the old saying, 20% of criminals commit 80% of the crime.
The detachment identified 32 people on their "A" list. These people shared the following characteristics:
- entrenched in crime, highest number of offences
- no viable way of supporting themselves
- all their friends are also entrenched in crime
The detachment set up a dedicated team of 4 officers - the Kamloops Action Response Team (KART) whose function is to closely monitor prolific offenders.
After two years, all but one of the prolific offenders are in jail. Crime rates have fallen 40% overall in those two years.
2007 was the year of enforcement for the prolific offender program. 2008 introduced an added element of wrap around services, connecting offenders to programs if they were willing to try to change their lives for the better. The detachment was not trying to be sympathetic, but there are other factors that lead people to lives of crime. There is also dedicated civilian member in the detachment who works with the prolific offenders on a regular basis. 9 prolific offenders have chosen to go to rehab, and 6 have had no police contact within the past 4 - 12 months.
As success started being evident, more and more buy-in from RCMP members to this program. Also, one crown prosecutor handles all prolific offender files. Convictions of offences were resulting in an 80% increase in jail time.
Other muncipalities who don't have such programs are "getting hammered". Kamloops has become a place where it is not pleasant for career criminals to operate.