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WPS use surplus bicycles to benefit the community

Students help will all aspects of the Winnipeg Police Service Bike Program, including helping officers load bicycles into the school.The Winnipeg Police Service made some special deliveries to Hugh John MacDonald School on the first day off summer - a truck load of bicycles.

The Winnipeg Police Service School Bike Program, which began in earnest a few years ago under the direction of former Chief Devon Clunis and continues with the support of Chief Danny Smyth, puts many found and seized bicycles to good use in many Winnipeg schools.

Students from several schools, including Hugh John MacDonald School, R.B. Russell School, Gordon Bell High School and others, are presented bikes at various times throughout the year.

These four Hugh John MacDonald School students demonstrate their skills on one of the bicycles dropped off by the Winnipeg Police Service in the school's workshop. The skills they learn in the classroom provide them with opportunities outside of school, such as working for The Wrench during summer holidays.The bicycles are then repaired in special classrooms equipped for bike repair, teaching the students valuable life skills while also earning them a school credit. Some of the repaired bicycles are then presented to others in the community, or are used by the students themselves (after they repair one for someone else).

And some of the bikes end up at The Wrench, a non-profit charity which helps teach people to build, repair and maintain bicycles, with a focus on helping educate youth.

"In fact, one of the students who participated in this program first learned how to fix bikes, and now she has earned a job with The Wrench this summer," said Const. Garnie McIntyre, a WPS School Resource Officer who helped deliver the bicycles to the school.

 

Const. Garnie McIntyre, a School Resource Officers with the Winnipeg Police Service, explains the importance of wearing a helmet when cycling.

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