While Police are investigating a spike in homicides, city police are saying that overall violent crime is down year to date, calling the 19 homicides a deviation.
“Statistically, in the country, homicide numbers have been coming down year over year over year,” says EPS Superintendent Mark Neufeld. “So, here we can say we feel like we have a big problem, and then actually we can look at the bigger picture and say overall it’s not necessarily that bad.”
He adds that even when comparing the six homicides by this time last year, there’s actually a 1.7% decrease in violent crime this year to date.
“And really the number of homicides in the context of all of that seems to be a little bit of an anomaly.”
When the police calculate violent crime stats they include assault, assault with a weapon, sexual assault, aggravated assault, homicide and robbery.
Neufeld adds that the EPS have solved two of the nineteen cases from the first quarter of this year. In rare cases there is a “smoking gun,” piece of evidence that quickly leads police to a perpetrator. Neufeld says, it almost always takes time to gather the evidence needed for a successful conviction.