Reports, Publications and Surveys

The Waterloo Regional Police Service provides the Police Services Board and the community with statistics, trends, updates and plans relating to our operations and priorities as a police service. In this section, you can learn more about how we support our community and the areas of focus for our organization. 

Annual Reports

Police services are required to publish an annual report. You can request additional years by emailing publicinfo@wrps.on.ca

 Operation and Strategic Business Plans

The Police Services Act requires that all Police Services Boards in Ontario prepare a business plan every three years.

Our Shared Vision, Our Core Values, Our Mission and the legislative requirements are foundational to the framework of the Waterloo Regional Police Service Operations Plan, which complements the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board's Strategic Priorities. 

As part of the Operations Plan, the Waterloo Regional Police Service has instituted a reporting structure to provide bi-annual updates for the current plan.

Community Surveys
The Waterloo Regional Police Service conducts community surveys as part of its Strategic Business Planning process. In the Fall of 2020, WRPS held a series of 21 hour-long dialogue sessions focusing on particular populations that had less trust and confidence in police based on the disaggregated results of the Community Index of Wellbeing survey in 2018 and stakeholder consultation required by legislation. Community members were also invited to complete an online survey, which would help shape the 2021-2023 Strategic Business Plan.

Previous surveys were completed in 2017, 2014, 2011, 2007, 2003 and 2000. The survey asks residents of Waterloo Region about their perception of crime, fear of crime, contact with WRPS and opinions on policing priorities.

Member Census and Survey

Crime Trends

The Waterloo Regional Police Service carefully monitors crime in our community. Our Crime Analysis Branch is responsible for identifying real time similarities and ongoing trends throughout the year. The Strategic Services Branch collects data, measures, and analyses the broader information in order to provide informed operational recommendations.

Our data is open to the public so if you would like to use our data to conduct your own research, please check out our About our data page.  

 Criminal Offence Summaries
A year in review - this is the section where we take a look at our year-end counts, clearance rates and other happenings that helped shape the past year.  The summaries are calculated annually and published with the Annual Report and by Statistics Canada. 

 

2014 Criminal Offence Summary

2015 Criminal Offence Summary

2016 Criminal Offence Summary

2017 Criminal Offence Summary

2018 Criminal Offence Summary 

2019 Criminal Offence Summary

 

Occurrence Data

The Waterloo Regional Police Service is committed to ensuring transparency with our community. As such, the WRPS releases an occurrence dataset yearly that details all the police-reported occurrences for the calendar year.

This file is offered in both Excel and CSV formats and is intended to be used for data analysis purposes.

The WRPS has taken the necessary steps to ensure that the data is anonymized. Each record of the dataset contains information on the call type, general location, and call and service time information.

Any statements, conclusions, or publications based upon this WRPS occurrence data made by non-WRPS employees are made without the authorization of WRPS and are not the opinion of the WRPS.

Please review the About Our Data document, which provides information on how the occurrence data is created and the definitions of the data fields.

The Occurrence Data is a raw and machine-readable dataset that is intended to be read, analyzed and interpreted by software
and analytics tools.

Excel Format 

Occurrence Data 2019

Occurrence Data 2018

Occurrence Data 2017

Occurrence Data 2016 

Occurrence Data 2015

Occurrence Data 2014

Occurrence Data 2013

Occurrence Data 2012

Occurrence Data 2011

CSV Format

Occurrence Data 2019

Occurrence Data 2018

Occurrence Data 2017

Occurrence Data 2016

Occurrence Data 2015

Occurrence Data 2014

Occurrence Data 2013

Occurrence Data 2012

Occurrence Data 2011

Regulated Interactions & Intelligence Notes

The Waterloo Regional Police Service is committed to ensuring transparency with our community. As such, the WRPS releases regulated interactions and intelligence note datasets yearly that details all the regulated interactions/intelligence notes conducted for the calendar year.

This file is offered in an Excel format and is intended to be used for data analysis purposes. WRPS has taken the necessary steps to ensure that the data is anonymized. Each .zip file contains a dataset as well as a usage guide. Please review the usage guide, which provides information on the definitions of the data fields and limitations of the data.

Any statements, conclusions, or publications based upon this WRPS occurrence data made by non-WRPS employees are made without the authorization of WRPS and are not the opinion of the WRPS.

Regulated Interactions

 Intelligence Notes

 Use of Force Report

Missing Persons Report

2020 Missing Person Report

WRPS Zone Maps

The WRPS Zones contains operational boundaries used by the Waterloo Regional Police Service. This file is available in KML format and is is intended to be read, analyzed and interpreted by Geographic Information System software and analytics tools. Users of this data are responsible for reading and acknowledging the limitations of this data.

WRPS Zones Disclaimer

WRPS Zones

Crime Map

Want to know what's happening in your neighbourhood? The Crime Map can show you! Customize the Crime Map using the call types and time frame that you're interested in. The Crime Map provides a fun and interactive approach to see police calls for service in Waterloo Region. 

National Crime Statistics

Due to the length of investigations, follow-up, evidence processing, and the complexity of crime, police services are typically given until March 31st each year to submit their year-end UCR statistics. Statistics Canada then runs a variety of verification processes and their tables and reports for the previous year’s crime statistics begin to be published near the end of July. 

The publication includes the volume and severity of police-reported crimes, clearance rates, and more, broken out by province/census metropolitan area/municipal police service. Visit www.statcan.gc.ca and search for incident-based crime statistics and crime severity indexes to learn more.

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