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Winnipeg Police Report Success in Fighting Crime with Extended Initiative

Winnipeg Police Report Success in Fighting Crime with Extended Initiative
Winnipeg Police Report Success in Fighting Crime with Extended Initiative

The provincial government is expanding a new initiative aimed at reducing violent crime and shoplifting in Winnipeg.

After the Manitoba government announced temporary funding for police overtime to combat shoplifting and violence, Winnipeg police are reporting significant progress in reducing crime in targeted areas.

The initiative, which launched in late May and will run throughout the summer, aims to improve community safety and reduce criminal activity in high-traffic areas such as Osborne Village, the Exchange District and the West End.

In a press release, Winnipeg police said that during the first month of the operation, which ended July 5, collaboration between uniformed officers, detectives and community relations staff resulted in:

  • 203 arrests related to violent crimes and shoplifting.
  • More than $8,800 in recovered goods.
  • 1,113 store visits aimed at training shopkeepers and community members.
  • 610 Crime Prevention Deployment carried out by the Community Relations department.

On Wednesday, July 10, 2024, Justice Minister Matt Wiebe announced an extension of the project with increased funding. The initiative, supported by $1.1 million in provincial funding, has increased police presence and proactive community engagement.

“If shops open their doors every morning, they don’t have to worry about increasing, uncontrolled crime,” Wiebe said in an online message.

Retailers and community members are encouraged to participate Safety presentations offered by the Community Relations department to further enhance local safety measures.