A week ago the Winnipeg police department delivered the bad news---crime in the city is out of control.
The picture painted by the numbers (for 2018) was appalling. Robberies up ten percent in a single year. (And that was the good news.)
Property crimes were up almost 20 percent.
Total crime was 33 percent higher than the five year average.
The measure of violent crime in Winnipeg had soared to a rating of 161. Only four years earlier it stood at 116. That's a 38 percent deterioration in safety.
How did it happen? How, when in 2015 the police and Winnipeg's police board announced they had discovered the magic solution to crime?
"Smart Policing" they called it. A team of crime analysts would pore through data to spot crime hot-spots and as soon as they identified a trend (car thefts, muggings, liquor store robberies) they could call in police resources to descend on the problem and nip it.
The police board of the day was so confident in their magic b…