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Violent Crime Rate

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000 population is one of three key performance indicators relating to the Fostering a Safe and Healthy City priority, one of five priorities outlined in City Council's 2018–2022 Strategic Plan.

Why this measure matters

The violent crime rate is an indicator of community safety. This measure is also a World Council on City Data performance indicator. 

2020 Performance

The 2021 performance information will be available in July 2022.

Violent Crime Rates per 100,000 Population
Source: Barrie Police Service

Population figures reflect only the permanent or resident population of a jurisdiction. Where a jurisdiction serves as the centre for commercial businesses, human or public services, or entertainment, it may have substantial “part-time” populations, e.g., tourists, cabin owners, commuters, students, and seasonal staff. These temporary populations, whose permanent residence is within another jurisdiction, are excluded from a jurisdiction’s population figures. This may be a factor to consider when examining the crime rate and Crime Severity Index for some municipalities.

2019 Initiatives

The Barrie Police Service (BPS) strives for policing excellence to ensure a safe and secure community. Through our actions and dedication, we model the principles of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence; to enhance our community by providing professional, accountable and sustainable policing services.

A focus is placed on the strategic priorities for the year 2017–2019 including:

  • Ensuring Public Safety and Security
  • Enhancing Community Mobilization and Engagement
  • Developing and Engaging Our People
  • Promoting Organizational Sustainability
  • Delivering Quality Service

BPS initiatives through the year 2019 are in alignment with the strategic priorities and are identified in the 2019 Annual Report.

Highlights from the 2019 Annual report include:   

  • Marking the final full year at 29 Sperling Drive, Barrie, ON. – Headquarters
Ensuring Public Safety and Security
  • Response to over 70,000 calls for service    
  • Electronic Transfer of Detainees to Courts
  • Pawn Shop Reporting
  • Personal Safety Presentations
Enhancing Community Mobilization and Engagement
  • Participation in over 30 community events
  • Community Safety and Well Being (CSWB)
  • Collaboration with Georgian College Emergency
  • Communications Course & Police Foundations
  • Coffee with Cops at Georgian College
  • Online Reporting for Business Theft
  • YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program    
  • Improved public BPS website,
Developing and Engaging Our People
  • Forensic Digital Reporting
  • Search Managers Training Course
Promoting Organizational Sustainability
  • Communications Crisis Course
  • Community Service Training with the Simcoe
  • Muskoka District Health Unit
  • Drug and Gang Conference for School Resource
  • Partnership with Transport Canada
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training 
Delivering Quality Service   
  • Access Cards for Public Schools
  • Community Crime Map Update
  • Electronic Crown Brief Intake
  • Key Holder Registry
  • Stolen Vehicle Reference Link
  • Talk with a Cop: Vaping Discussion
  • Launch of the Canadian Framework for Collaborative Police Response on Sexual Violence at a national level
  • Full-time operation of the Community Outreach and Support Team (C.O.A.S.T.)   
    • A partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and several community partners to connect community members with resources outside of policing and hospital services.

2020 Planned Activities   

2020 marked our transition to the new BPS Headquarters, located at 110 Fairview Road, Barrie, ON.  It is also the beginning of a new strategic planning year with the launch of the 2020–2022 Strategic Plan that focuses on the following strategic priorities:

  • Crime Prevention, Community Safety and Law Enforcement 
  • Community Engagement and Collaboration
  • Organization Excellence and Sustainability

Over the span of 2020 through 2022 BPS is working towards the following objectives:   

  • Crime Prevention, Community Safety and Law Enforcement   
    • Visible and approachable police service
    • Safer paths and roadways
    • Support victim services
  • Community Engagement and Collaboration
    • Community partner in proactive policing
    • Trust and Transparency with the community    
    • Authentic two-way communication with community and Members
  • Organization Excellence and Sustainability   
    • Safe and supportive workplace
    • Progressive professional development
    • Leaders in innovative policing practices

Learn more about the 2020–2022 Strategic Plan

BPS is also involved in the Community Safety and Well Being Plan (CSWB) and launched its 2020 Community Safety Survey over the period of October 26th, 2020 through December 11th, 2020. Please share your feedback on the top issues facing your neighbourhood, how safe you feel in various locations during the day, and at night, as well as satisfaction with the Barrie Police Service. Access the survey.

To learn more visit the Barrie Police Service (BPS) website at 
or contact us at or 705-725-7025.


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