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New Mural at West District Station Honours Police History of South & West Winnipeg

P/Sgt. Kevin Bourgeois  is joined by Insp. Cam Baldwin, Divisional Commander of the  West District, and Supt. Greg Burnett for the unveiling of the new mural at the West District Station.

As fast as the Winnipeg Police Service seems to be moving forward, P/Sgt. Kevyn Bourgeois wants to make sure we still take time remember where we started.

That is why he took on a personal project to create a massive wall mural honouring the current Winnipeg Police Service as well as the four other police agencies that once policed what is now the West District.

“I’ve been to a few military facilities and they are so good at honouring their history with murals like this. I thought this is something we could bring into the Winnipeg Police Service,” says Bourgeois.

His mural was officially unveiled May 9th. It honours the former Assiniboia Police Department, St. James Police Department, Fort Garry Police and Tuxedo Police.

Bourgeois started the project in January 2015 and spent about 240 hours completing it from conception to the finished mural which is about 30-feet long and eight-feet high. It sits in the main hallway of the West District Station, located on Grant Avenue.

“This mural is something the West District members take great pride in,” says Insp. Cam Baldwin, West District Divisional Commander. “It’s incredibly well done and a very strong visual reminder of the large and historic geographical area we proudly serve. Our members walk past it every day.”

While Bourgeois self-started this initiative, he was also a natural fit for the job. In addition to working uniform patrol in West Winnipeg, he also serves as one of two (soon to be four) certified Forensic Artists within our ranks.

He is also the artist who designed the series of challenge coins being offered as part of a Winnipeg Police Museum fundraiser.

This was his largest undertaking to date, and required a number different techniques to complete, including a mix of different kinds of paints – water and oil -- as well as using air and hand brushes.

“Working on something of this scale was tough,” says Bourgeois. “I’m kind of glad to have it done.”

The members of West District, and all those who appreciate the area’s rich and storied history, are glad it’s done too.

Interested in learning more about the four police departments honoured on the mural? Follow these links:

The new mural at the West District Station is located in the hall way most used by officers serving the District.