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Patrols, emergency services announced as part of city centre safety plan – Winnipeg Free Press

Patrols, emergency services announced as part of city centre safety plan – Winnipeg Free Press
Patrols, emergency services announced as part of city centre safety plan – Winnipeg Free Press

This summer, Winnipeg’s downtown emergency services and foot patrols are being expanded to improve safety for residents, workers and visitors.

Downtown Community Safety Partnership patrols are working more hours to increase their visibility and outreach on the streets.

The nearly $600,000 cost is being covered by the Manitoba government, Mayor Scott Gillingham’s office and the Downtown Winnipeg Business Improvement Zone.

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / FREE PRESS

Prime Minister Wab Kinew and other stakeholders will announce plans to improve safety in the city centre on Tuesday morning at True North Square.

The province is also spending up to $1 million to establish a sobering up centre at N’Dinawemak — Our Relatives’ Place at 190 Disraeli Fwy, Premier Wab Kinew said.

Funds will be used for seven new health and mental health workers and renovations to the site. People in crisis can be brought to the facility to help provide support, officials said Tuesday at a news conference in True North Square.

“Today’s announcement to continue investing in much-needed additional health and mental health resources and support at N’Dinawemak will undoubtedly improve the relative care and well-being at the shelter,” said Frank Parkes, N’Dinawemak Executive Director, in a press release.

The province is providing $100,000 for additional training for city center organizations that provide mental health and wellness services.