Rise in assaults against peace officers noted by Vancouver police report

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      Assaulting a peace officer is a serious crime.

      It can put someone behind bars for up to 14 years, depending on the gravity of the circumstances.

      In Vancouver, assaults against peace officers have increased.

      A report to the city’s police board noted that assaults in the first six months of 2019 increased 39.2 percent compared to the same period last year.

      Assaults on peace officers can take many forms, including common assault, which is the use of force, and the report by Vancouver Police Department did not include details.

      The term peace officer covers a range, and it typically refers to police officers and others like sheriffs, correctional officers, and bailiffs.

      Constable Steve Addison, a spokesperson for the VPD, explained that the report refers to assaults against peace officers in the city while they were carrying out their duties.

      Addison noted in a phone interview with the Georgia Straight that a majority of these officers are police officers.

      The figure on assaults on peace officers is part of a broader report prepared by Drazen Manojlovic, who is the VPD’s director for planning, research and audit.

      Manojlovic noted that assaults in general increased in Vancouver for the first half of 2019, from January 1 to June 30.

      According to Manojlovic, every category of violent crime decreased with the exception of assaults.

      “Assaults comprise the most frequent type of violent crime by far, thus the increase in assaults offsets the decreases in the other violent crime types,” Manojlovic wrote.

      Overall, and because of the rise of assaults, violent crime increased by 3.5 percent.

      With regard to other categories, there were six incidents of culpable homicide in 2019 so far compared to 11 in 2018.

      According to Manojlovic, reported sexual offences decreased 7.2 percent, from 335 incidents in 2018 to 311 in 2019.

      There were nine bank robbery incidents in 2019 compared to 23 in 2018.

      Manojlovic also reported that there were eight shots fired incidents in 2019 compared to 10 incidents in 2018. 

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