Police Administration Survey (PAS)

Crime Severity Index of crime, index

Crime severity index takes into account both the volume and the seriousness of crime. The index is calculated with weight assigned to each offence that are derived from average sentences handed down by criminal courts. The more serious the average sentence, the higher the weight for that offence. As a result, more serious offences have greater impact on changes in the index. All criminal code offences are included in this index.

Crime refers to acts or omissions prohibited by the Criminal code of Canada and punishable by sanctions.

The data for this variable are reported using the following classifications and/or lists:

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