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Insp. Poole Honoured by Downtown BIZ

From left, Sachit Mehra, Chair of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Management Board,
Mrs. Peggy Poole and Ari Driver, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Board Member

Insp. Poole Honoured by Downtown BIZ

Winnipeg Police Service Inspector Jim Poole was honoured posthumously on November 24th by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ during the organization’s Annual General Meeting.

His wife, Peggy was on hand to receive the Downtown BIZ’s Achievement Award honouring Insp. Poole ongoing efforts to make downtown Winnipeg a safer more enjoyable place to live work and visit.

Insp. Poole passed away on March 7, 2014 at the age of 53 having served with the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) for 32 years – most recently as the Divisional Commander overseeing Downtown Winnipeg operations.

He was honoured with a Memorial Award recognizing him as “a Good Friend and Dedicated Officer to the Downtown & City of Winnipeg”.

Insp. Poole joined the WPS in 1982 after graduating from the University of Winnipeg. He was a member of and oversaw many units of the WPS. He ended his career where he had always wished he would, as the Commander of Division 11, serving the area of downtown where he began his career. For the last four years Jim was also an Incident Commander, overseeing high risk incidents across Winnipeg.

He took great pride in this role and took it to new levels. He sat on many boards and tried to be involved as much as possible with the downtown area. When asked, he took the challenge in the fall of 2013 to get involved with the CEO Sleep Out, benefitting the homeless, which he found to be a very humbling experience. He was proud to have had a hand in a very visible change for his city. He loved Downtown and tried his best to make it safer for the citizens of Winnipeg. He was relentless in his pursuit of excellence, challenging his people by setting the bar high.

He was always on the road lending a hand and taking calls when things got busy to lighten the load for the members he oversaw. He believed in his people and it was because of them that he came to work every day.

“He was a great leader and his loss will be felt by everyone he met,” said Sachit Mehra, Chair of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Management Board. “Our world was a better place because of Jim; he is missed beyond belief and our grief cannot be described.”

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