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February 10, 2016

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

AIR1 – Forward Looking Infrared Camera

On December 6, 2010, the Winnipeg Police Service unveiled the EC120 helicopter, now known to the public as AIR1. At that time, the helicopter was equipped with the latest equipment, including a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera, used to track people or evidence by heat signature. This ability has played a crucial role in members being able to not only locate and arrest those involved in criminal activity, but to also assist in the rescue of persons who find themselves in dangerous situations.

Now five years on, the camera has come to the end of its life cycle. The current unit has needed on-going repairs, which hinders the ability of the helicopter, and has limited flight times.

The camera is an integral part of AIR1 and without one, its ability to operate at its full potential is greatly diminished.

The WPS is in discussions with the province to partner on the purchase of this important equipment. We thank them for their support with this program.

Grow Operation Arrests – R15-96971

Recently, members of the Marihuana Grow Operation Unit became involved in the investigation of a possible grow operation at a residence in the 100 block of Driftwood Bay. As a result, investigators obtained a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) Search Warrant for the residence.

On February 9, 2016, with the assistance of Uniform and Tactical Support Team members, the warrant was executed. Two occupants within the residence were arrested without incident. A search resulted in the seizure of the following:

  • 338 Cannabis marihuana plants with an estimated street value of $378,560.00
  • 565 grams of dry marihuana with an estimated street value of $5,650.00
  • Over $10,600.00 in Canadian currency
  • $426 in US currency
  • Grow equipment valued at $$8,330.00

38-year-old female and 41-year-old male, both of Winnipeg, are facing charges of Produce a Scheduled Substance – CANNABIS (MARIHUANA), Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – CANNABIS (MARIHUANA) and Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime. Both were released via Promise to Appear.


Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer

Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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