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March 10, 2016

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis announces retirement

"I became a police officer out of a great desire to make a difference in our community. My career has given me enormous opportunities to fulfill that desire and it is that same desire for making a difference that caused me to apply for the position of Chief of Police.

When I was sworn in as Chief of Police on November 2nd, 2012 I declared that we will make a difference in preventing crime and disorder in our city by working together. By raising the consciousness of our community, in understanding that much of our crime is socially constructed and that only by addressing the social roots of crime, will we see a cost effective, sustainable answer to crime.

There are a lot of good things happening in our organization with a lot of attention focused on moving forward as we occupy our new headquarters. Things are progressing well and the future for the organization is on solid ground.

Over the past year I’ve been contemplating my future as Chief. I took on the job with specific goals in mind, wanting to transform the nature of policing in our city and to enhance the work environment for our members.

My policing career has always been about purpose and over the past year it has become increasingly clear to me that my purpose has been fulfilled with the support of all our members, past and present. It is time for me to pursue new goals, with the continuing purpose of impacting people in very positive ways.

I will be retiring from the Service in the near future. I am prepared to continue serving until a new Chief has been selected, which I hope will be within the next several months.

It has been my honour to work with Mayor Brian Bowman, Winnipeg Police Board chair Scott Gillingham, and the exceptional men and women of the Winnipeg Police Service. It has been my exceptional good fortune to serve the people of the City of Winnipeg.

Thank you for working with me in creating a culture of safety for all." – Chief Devon Clunis, Winnipeg Police Service

Hear what Chief Clunis had to say on the occasion of announcing his retirement.

City of Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman speaks on the retirement & contributions of Chief Clunis to Winnipeg.

Scott Gillingham, Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board Comments on the Chief's Retirement

Skates & Badges Meet at Pioneer Arena

On Friday, March 11, 2016, at Pioneer Arena (799 Logan Avenue) the Winnipeg Police Service, will facilitate a learn-to-skate event for inner-city youth and their families. The Skates & Badges event will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Skates will be available for use, however sizes are limited. HELMETS ARE MANDATORY. Participants will need to bring their own.

We invite you to come out and skate with police officers and Cadets. This event provides our youth an opportunity to interact with police in a fun and positive environment.

Pizza will be served. Everyone is welcome!

This is also a chance for us to introduce a favourite Canadian outdoor winter activity to some of our newcomers, while building relations with community youth and residents.

Hope to see you there!

Homicide – Arrest C16-48077

As previously released, on March 8, 2016 at approximately 10:45 p.m. Winnipeg Police responded to an incident in the 100 block of Allenby Crescent regarding an injured male.

A 45 year old male was transported to hospital and subsequently pronounced deceased.

The deceased male has been identified as Frederick BIRD, 45, of Winnipeg.

As a result of an investigation by members of the Homicide Unit, Bernadette NEEPIN, 37, of Winnipeg has been charged with Second Degree Murder and detained in custody.

Male Wanted – Arrest C16-44956

As previously released, Winnipeg Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating Les MARACLE wanted for numerous violent offences.

On March 9, 2016 at approximately 2:45 p.m. Les MARACLE (a.k.a DUMAS), 32, of Winnipeg, was arrested without incident on the strength of 5 outstanding arrest warrants. He was subsequently detained in custody.

Commercial/Residential Break & Enter – Arrests C16-46800

On Wednesday, March 8, 2016, at approximately 12:30 a.m. Winnipeg Police general patrol officers attempted to pull over a vehicle in the 400 block of Henderson Highway. The vehicle failed to stop, and fled north of the City into the RM of East St. Paul where the vehicle was eventually abandoned.  With the assistance of both Air 1 and Street Crime units, two adult male suspects were arrested a short distance away.

The investigation continued by members of the East District Station Crime Unit and the suspects were subsequently linked to numerous commercial and residential break-ins in the East District area.

Alfred VIVIAN, 43, of Winnipeg was charged with the following offences:
-       Break and enter X 21
-       Theft of Motor Vehicle
-       Possess Goods Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
-       Fail to Comply – Recognizance
-       Dangerous Driving
-       Drive Disqualified
-       Flight from Police
Jacobb VIEVILLE, 24, of Winnipeg was charged with:
-       Break and enter X 9
-       Possess Goods Under $5,000

Both suspects were detained in custody. 




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