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Winnipeg Police Service

Citizen's Role in Crime Prevention

Based on the statutes of the Criminal Code of Canada

The involvement of citizens in crime prevention programs is essential to ensuring Winnipeg is a vibrant and healthy city that places its highest priority on quality of life for all its citizens. Each individual's commitment to participate in an approved, organized program does indeed make an impact.

There are a variety of crime prevention programs offering different levels of commitment in which all citizens are encouraged to participate. Programs include Block Parents, Neighbourhood Watch, Citizens For Crime Awareness, and Citizens On Patrol to list a few.

The common link for all these programs is that citizens act as the eyes and ears of the community first, and the extended eyes and ears of the Police Service second. "Community Commitment" relates the Police Service's commitment to working in partnership with the Community. Your participation in these programs demonstrates your commitment to your community.

The role of citizens in any of the crime prevention programs is to help create a safe and nurturing local environment by observing and reporting any suspicious and possibly criminal activities to the Police Service. Police recommend that citizens not participate in any direct verbal or physical involvement with suspicious persons. The personal safety of citizen volunteers is paramount. Their actions to record the details of what they observe, to alert the authorities, and to report those details to the Police Service has proven to be a very effective crime prevention tool.

Please see the following links for more information on these programs:


Keeping up with the latest information on community safety and crime prevention is an essential part of preventing crime and victimization.

Visit the Crime Prevention section of the Winnipeg Police Service website for more information.


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