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In The Line of Duty

The Winnipeg Police Force and those departments that amalgamated in 1974 to form the Winnipeg Police Service have lost a number of police officers in the line of duty since the City of Winnipeg first established a Police Force in 1874.

The Police Museum has dedicated a display in the entrance of the Police Academy in memory of those officers who had laid down their lives in the course of their duties.

April 13th, 1911 - Constable John BEATTIE
Accidentally electrocuted at the scene of a fire

April 6th, 1918 - Constable Bernard SNOWDON
Shot to death at the scene of a break and enter

July 24th, 1934 - Sergeant John VERNE
Shot to death pursuing an armed robber

February 7th, 1936 - Constable Charles GILLIS
Shot to death at the scene of an armed robbery

February 10th, 1940 - Constable John McDONALD
Shot to death during a stakeout at a break and enter

July 16th, 1950 - Detective Sergeant James E. SIMS
Shot to death at the scene of a violent domestic dispute

July 18th, 1969 - Constable Leonard SHAKESPEARE
Shot to death at the scene of an armed robbery

June 27th, 1970 - Detective Ronald HOUSTON
Stabbed to death during a stakeout for a violent rapist


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