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March 1, 2018

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Missing Persons - Justin TANNER & Marshall TANNER – C18-42626

The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public's assistance in locating missing brothers, 10-year-old, Justin TANNER, and 6-year-old, Marshall TANNER.  The brothers were last seen at a drop-in center in the downtown area of Winnipeg yesterday evening.

Justin is described as Indigenous, 5' in height, wearing a black/green winter jacket and red Nike shoes.  Marshall is described as Indigenous, 4' in height, wearing a blue winter jacket and a blue toque.

The Winnipeg Police Service is asking anyone with information regarding the boys whereabouts to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250 or Crimestoppers at 204-786-8477.

MedicAlert Connect Protect service will help WPS officers reunite lost or wandering individuals with their families

The Winnipeg Police Service is proud to partner with MedicAlert Foundation Canada to bring the MedicAlert Connect Protect service to Winnipeg. This partnership will help officers quickly reunite lost or missing individuals living with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a cognitive brain injury with their family or caregivers.

MedicAlert Connect Protect gives police officers 24-hour access to a registered subscriber’s photo, identity, past wandering history, and other vital emergency information through their MedicAlert medical IDs. This information will help officers search more efficiently, increasing the chances that those who go missing are reunited with their loved ones sooner.

“The first of its kind in Manitoba, MedicAlert Connect Protect will safeguard Winnipeg-area MedicAlert subscribers through the valuable MedicAlert protection. In an emergency situation, Winnipeg Police Service officers will have access to vital information that will save valuable time and unnecessary worry from family members and caregivers, and which may be necessary to save a life,” explains Robert Ridge, President and CEO of MedicAlert.

The Winnipeg Police Service welcomes the partnership with MedicAlert Foundation Canada.
"Partnerships like this support our Service's priorities when it comes to the protection of vulnerable persons," said Chief Danny Smyth.

MedicAlert will be holding three registration sessions in Winnipeg following the launch of MedicAlert Connect Protect. Thanks to the Winnipeg Search and Rescue Volunteer Association and MedicAlert Foundation Canada, the first 50 new MedicAlert subscribers will get their first-year service plan and a MedicAlert ID at no cost.




Thursday, March 1st

Polo Park Shopping Centre
1485 Portage Avenue,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3G 0W4

10am – 9pm (CST)

Friday, March 2nd

St Vital Shopping Centre
86-1225 St Mary’s Rd,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2M 5E5

10am – 9pm (CST)

Saturday, March 3rd

Kildonan Place Shopping Centre
1555 Regent Avenue West,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2C 4J2

9:30am - 6pm (CST)

For more information on the MedicAlert Connect Protect service, visit

MedicAlert Foundation Canada (MAFCA) is the largest membership-based registered charity in Canada and it is the leading provider of emergency medical information services. MedicAlert’s mission is to ensure that all Canadians have access to high-quality health information at time of need, and has protected more than one million Canadians since 1961.
MedicAlert® is backed by robust electronic health records maintained by medically trained professionals, a state-of-the-art secure database, and a 24/7 Emergency Hotline that answers calls from emergency responder personnel in 140 languages within an average of 5 seconds, all linked to customized identification products for Canadians with medical conditions and special needs. Universally recognized and respected, MedicAlert speaks for you, when you can’tTM.
Learn more about MedicAlert, how it works, and how you or a loved one can sign up to a service plan by visiting or calling 1-866-679-3166.

Be Aware & Avoid Being Victimized - March Is Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud Prevention Month, and in conjunction with other agencies from the community, the Winnipeg Police Service will be participating in events to help educate citizens on how they can protect themselves from fraud.

These events include:

- National Twitter Event - March 14th, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm, "2 Good 2 B True Day" using #2G2BT. This event is hosted by the Competition Bureau @CompBureau

- Local Twitter Event - March 28, 7:00 am to 8:00 am, "Tweet a Cop" using #WPSFraudSquad. You can even submit your questions in advance through Twitter @wpgpolice

- Fifth Annual "Shred It" Event - March 29, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, at St. Vital Centre in the parking lot outside Silver City and, NEW FOR 2018, CF Polo Park in the South parking lot facing Portage Avenue. A maximum of two bags or boxes per person for this FREE event please.

Preventing fraud takes an awareness to recognize when an offering is false, in knowing how to protect your personal information, and in how to prevent yourself from falling to pressure tactics from con artists. These events are designed to provide education and reduce losses involving fraud.

This year the Winnipeg Police Service has created a video about Bitcoin, the most popular Cryptocurrency, and its use as a payment method in common mass market scams.

Crypto Currencies Video

Bitcoin, the most popular Cryptocurrency, is currently one of the biggest newsmakers in the finance world. Unfortunately for all the good that has come from it, there have been negative stories of its use in scams. In Manitoba alone, a large amount of people have fallen victim to various scams including romance scams, CRA scams, and job opportunity scams, where fraudsters are having victims send them money in the form of Bitcoin.

Last year alone, victims in Canada lost $2.5 million to fraudsters who utilized Cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin, as part of their scam. We believe this number will continue to climb as Cryptocurrency increases in popularity.

If you or someone you know is involved in a potential scam involving Cryptocurrency, please contact the Winnipeg Police Service to make a report or go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website,

  • Last Update: March 1, 2018

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