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Manitoba Government Invests in Tackling Retail Crime

Manitoba Government Invests in Tackling Retail Crime
Manitoba Government Invests in Tackling Retail Crime

The Manitoba government is investing more than $1 million to end retail and violent crime in Winnipeg.

Justice Minister Matt Wiebe made the announcement Wednesday, saying the funding will go toward extending the Winnipeg Police Service’s Violent Crime and Retail Theft Initiative through the summer.

“Let me be clear: violence and theft are not acceptable to our government and they are never acceptable to the citizens of Manitoba,” Wiebe said.

“While we always provide a compassionate and heartfelt response to those struggling with mental health and addictions, we cannot allow organized crime and chaos to run unchecked in our communities.”

In late May, CTV News Winnipeg reported that the Manitoba government was providing additional overtime funding so more police officers could respond to reports of shoplifting.

According to police, the initiative led to 203 arrests and 31 fines for violations of the Provincial Offence Act in four weeks.

“From a police perspective, we are very encouraged by the results of this initiative, both in terms of the data collected and the feedback that our members in the community have received,” said Supt. Cam Mackid of the Winnipeg Police Service.

Thanks to this success, the province is now providing $1.16 million to fund additional general patrol units in areas with repeat crime, targeted theft initiatives, and working with businesses to improve safety.

This funding is a supplement to the public safety funding that the province makes available to the police.

“What has become very clear is that we must continue these efforts throughout the summer months,” said Wiebe.