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May 29, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Winnipeg Police Service Flight Operations Unit 2016 Annual Report

The 2016 Winnipeg Police Service Flight Operations Unit Statistical Report has been released.

The annual report outlines the purchase of a new Infrared and High Definition Video Camera in December 2016. The pre-existing camera became inoperable in August 2016 by way of wear and tear. The Flight Operations Unit relied on a loaner camera until it could be replaced.

Statistics found in the Flight Operations Annual Report include:

  • 732.8 hours of flight time were logged, a decrease of 27% from 2015
  • 168.5 hours of flight time were lost due to weather, maintenance and staffing, an increase of 18% from 2015
  • 1571 calls for service were responded to, a decrease of 35% from 2015

The report also outlines that AIR1 was targeted on two occasions by lasers being shone at the aircraft.  One suspect was apprehended and charged for one of the incidents. The Flight Operations Unit also saw a marked increase of incidents involving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) operating within the Winnipeg Control Zone.

The primary purpose of the Flight Operations Unit is to support all Winnipeg Police Service operational and investigative units in the detection of criminal acts and the apprehension of suspects. AIR1 continues to have a dramatic influence on the outcome of calls for service and in 2016 was instrumental in identifying/apprehending 175 persons of interest. Of these persons of interest, 60 were taken into custody for criminal offences.

AIR1 has supported and assisted a number of external agencies including, the RCMP, CN Police, Conservation, Transport Canada and various other agencies.

You can view the Flight Operations Unit’s annual report in its entirety on our website at:
2016 WPS Flight Operations Annual Report

The EC120B helicopter was publicly unveiled to the public on December 6, 2010. In 2014, the aircraft was re-designated the H120. The five-seat, 1.6-ton single-engine H120 has the latest generation technologies, featuring high manoeuvrability, excellent visibility, a large cockpit, and a low noise signature. Flying over at 1,000 feet above ground level, the H120 is the quietest helicopter in its class, and its engine emissions have low levels of pollutants.

Serious Assault: C17-117953

On May 29, 2017, at approximately 4:15 a.m., emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Ellice Avenue and Furby Street for a report of an injured male in the roadway.

The victim, a male in his thirties, was transported to hospital with upper body stab wound. He was initially listed in critical condition, however, he as since been upgraded to stable.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Public Notice - CALEA

The Winnipeg Police Service is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve reaccreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., accreditation requires agencies to comply with standards in four basic areas; policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, the public is invited to offer comments to the assessors by phoning, attending in person, or providing a written submission via email. 

On Thursday, June 8th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to noon the public may phone the assessors to provide their comments.  The contact phone number is 204-390-2854.

On Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. the public may attend to speak with the assessors in the West Committee Room B, Council Building, 510 Main Street.  The meeting will adjourn when all presenters are heard.

Comments shared by telephone, or in person are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Service’s ability to comply with the Commission’s standards.  A copy of the standards is available for review from May 29 - June 9th, 2017 in the lobby of the Winnipeg Police Headquarters, located at 245 Smith Street.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Winnipeg Police Service’s ability to comply with the standards for reaccreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, USA 20155.  Email:  calea@calea.org .  Written submissions are required to be received no later than Friday June 9th at 5:00 p.m.

For further information please contact Mr Jason Egert, Risk, Audit & Accreditation Unit, Winnipeg Police Service.  Email:  jegert@winnipeg.ca

May 29, 2017

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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