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1/10/2018 11:24:14 AM

In a year that saw a rare shooting, an increase in traffic tickets, a new contract for officers and civillians, Orangeville Police Service (OPS) Chief Wayne Kalinski says he is proud of the department's accomplishments in 2017.

Although calls for service in Orangeville were down last year, police were still quite busy.

OPS responded to 20,989 calls in 2017, down from 22,924 in 2016.

A statistic that increased in 2017 was the number of Highway Traffic Act charges laid. In 2016, 3,859 charges were laid, in 2017 that number increased to 4,061.

Chief Kalinski attributes the increase to officers' committment to road safety.

Impaired driving offences were up slightly in 2017, a total of 29 charges were laid.

OPS reports that its clearance rates for violent, property and drug crimes remain high.

One of those cases was a shooting on Orange Mill Court in November that police say was targeted. Two youth were arrested and charged.

Chief Kalinski says despite the shooting, Orangeville remains a safe community.

OPS also approved a budget with a zero per cent increase for the third straight year.

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