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Winnipeg Police Service


In 1997, we started to make significant changes in the delivery of police service to the citizens of Winnipeg. As an integral step in altering the method of police service delivery, the first six of ten Police Service Centres were opened in 1997. The purpose of these centres is two-fold: to lessen the reliance on the telephone to address calls for service, and to provide a police presence in neighbourhoods. An additional 19 Neighbourhood Foot Patrol officers were added to the original one in Lord Selkirk neighbourhood (District 3). These officers are responsible for solving community problems that cause repeat calls for service in high demand neighbourhoods. It is another step in the alternative service delivery model of Community Policing.
Throughout 1997, I met with the members of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee. This committee, which was formed in December 1996, consists of respected elders and aboriginal persons from political and service delivery organizations that are reflective of the diverse community they represent. The purpose of these meetings is to consult with and provide recommendations to the Chief of Police on issues within the aboriginal community and policing.
In 1997, the WPS held a Gang Prevention Workshop which brought together representatives from all levels of government and the justice system to address the issue of gangs. This led to the hiring of a full time Street Gang Prevention Coordinator.
Another highlight I wish to address is the Guns for Art program which the WPS took part in with other Canadian police agencies. I was pleased to discover that Winnipeggers participated enthusiastically by donating more firearms than any other jurisdiction in Canada. This can only serve to make Winnipeg streets safer.
In 1998, the changes to service delivery will continue as we hope to open additional Service Centres. This will add to the decentralization of police services and assist us in building partnerships with neighbourhoods.

Dave Cassels
Chief of Police



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