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October 13, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Online Campaign Against Child Abuse

October is Child Abuse Protection Month. The Winnipeg Police Service, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection is launching an online campaign against child abuse. 

In our efforts to raise awareness, the Winnipeg Police Service has produced the video, You Have a Duty to Report.  In the past year, the Child Abuse Unit has received approximately 530 reports of child abuse. Investigators feel that many cases of child abuse continue to go unreported, and that often someone knows the abuse is taking place.

The goal of the campaign is to ensure that someone with the knowledge or suspicion that a child is being harmed, will come forward and report so that Winnipeg Police can intervene.  It is hoped that this campaign will raise awareness resulting in an increase of child abuse cases being reported to authorities.

Christy Dzikowicz, Director of the Child Safety and Family Advocacy Division, Canadian Centre for Child Protection states “Manitobans can make a difference in the life of a child.  Reporting demonstrates the power one person has in stopping the exploitation of children. If your gut tells you that something just isn't right, take the time to report the information to police, child welfare or Cybertip.ca".

If you know of a child being harmed or exploited please call the Winnipeg Police Child Abuse Unit at 204-986-6222 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477). You can also report online child sexual exploitation online at cybertip.ca

Fraud - Arrest: C17-230975

On October 12, 2017 at approximately 5:20 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service received a report of a male using a stolen credit card. General Patrol members attended to a hotel in the vicinity of the James Richardson Airport where they located an adult male in the company of an adult female. At this time, officers observed several suspicious items related to fraud and identity theft.  

The following items were seized:

  • driver's licences in the names of other people
  • cheques drawn in the names of other people
  • notes containing identity and credit card information of numerous people
  • laptop computer
  • laminating papers
  • break-in tools

Justyn Barry BOURNE, 30-years-old of Red Deer, Alberta has been charged with the following offences:

  • Fraud Under $5000
  • Possess Break In Instruments
  • Unauthorized Use of Credit Care Data
  • Identity Theft
  • Possession of an Identity Document X2
  • Possession of Property Obtained By Crime Under $5000 X2
  • Possession of Instruments to be Used to Commit Forgery
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking

He was detained in custody. The adult female was found to be wanted on a warrant, she was released on a Promise to Appear. The Winnipeg Police Financial Crime Unit continues to investigate.

For more information about frauds go to www.antifraudcentre.ca

    • Last Update: October 13, 2017

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