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March 16, 2016

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Winnipeg Police Service Celebrates Its Volunteers

There is something truly infectious about the efforts of volunteers.

We know that is especially true of the efforts of the volunteers serving within our Victim Services and Community Support Programs. With every shift served, they seemingly go above and beyond to further the efforts of the Service. Perhaps more importantly, they ensure their fellow community members come away with a positive experience and they help they need when interacting with the Winnipeg Police Service.

We can’t thank them enough – but we certainly tried during the 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held March 15th. They do so much for us – and the community – so each year we set aside one night to formally recognize their efforts on our behalf.

These are the men and women you likely first encounter at one of our police stations. Serving alongside our officers and staff, they’re there to help you get to the help you require.  At community events, our volunteers aid in operating our Community Caravan and are always quick to ensure kids young and old – and curious citizens of all ages – can ask questions about our operations and/or get a “selfie” with Copper – our mascot!

The volunteers serving with our Victim Services Program are among the most caring committed people you will meet.

Victim Service (VSS) Volunteers assist the public by checking on the citizens’ well-being after police related incidents. Victims receive court information and referrals to community agencies; but more importantly, they receive a voice on the other end of the phone that cares.

VSS volunteers field calls ranging from concerns/complaints, to victims being emotionally distraught, to the public looking for information on anything police related.  When the volunteers don’t know the answers, they find out. 

Congratulations to Mr. Ajay Kumar who was selected the Victim Services Volunteer of the Year! He has been a member of the program for past 11 years and can always be counted on to be gentle and kind through all his interactions. He has contributed more than 2,000 volunteer hours to the program! In the community, he also volunteers at his children’s school and is a respected and long-time volunteer with the India Pavilion at Folklorama.

Mr. Ken Oram was selected the Community Volunteer of the Year! He has been a staple of the program since joining us in 1995. He currently serves as a Team Leader within the Community Volunteer Program and can always be counted to assist with extra volunteer efforts away from the station. Some of the special events he’s assisted with include the WPS Half Marathon, Community Canvasses, Copper, Cops for Cancer events, Motorcycle Ride for Dad, Mova Walk, Operation Red Nose, Santa Claus Parade, School events, Torch Run, Vehicle Inspections, Orientation sessions and more.

In 2015, he put in 180 hours with our Program and now has over 3,540 lifetime hours.

Service Honours Committed Community Members Working to Make Winnipeg Safer

Our community is made stronger when we work together for the betterment of all.That is the underlying thought behind Chief Devon Clunis’ direction and efforts to create a culture of safety for Winnipeg.

To view this year’s citizen nominees who went above and beyond to provide much needed assistance in the community; please see: /police/insidewps/20160315.stm

On behalf of all the members of the Winnipeg Police Service, and the broader Winnipeg community, we extend our heartfelt thanks to each of the individuals honoured.

While the awards are individual, the results of your care, consideration and attention to the greater needs of our community are a reward in which we can all take pride and share.

May your efforts make our community stronger and inspire others to take those sometime small steps that can have such a big impact on Winnipeg.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Update – Arrest - C16-40522

As previously released, on February 27, 2016, at approximately 1:30 a.m. emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of McPhillips Street and Jarvis Avenue for the report of a two vehicle collision.

The two drivers, a 71-year-old male and 22-year-old female, were both transported to hospital in critical condition.  The male later succumbed to his injuries.  His name is not being released.

Members of the Central Traffic Unit continued with the investigation.

It was learned that at approximately 1:10 a.m. a Honda Civic had been stolen in the area of Sherbrook Street and Ross Avenue by an unknown female.  A short time later the stolen vehicle was travelling south on McPhillips when it sideswiped a car, driven by an adult male who was not injured in the collision.  The stolen vehicle continued south and struck a Buick Regal which had been eastbound on Jarvis, attempting to turn north onto McPhillips.

On March 14th investigators arrested Summer Skye PATCHINOSE, 22 years of Winnipeg for her alleged involvement.  She has been charged with the following offences:

  • Causing Death by Criminal Negligence
  • Driving While Ability Impaired Causing Death
  • Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle Causing Death
  • Theft of Motor Vehicle
  • Drive While Disqualified

PATCHINOSEwas detained in custody.

Fraud Prevention Month – Identity Theft

The Winnipeg Police Service would like to take this week of Fraud Prevention Month to remind citizens that it is important to protect yourself against identity theft.

Identity theft occurs when criminals involved in fraud steal information related to your identity; name, date of birth, Social Insurance Number, Passport, Income Tax documents,  etc.  The information collected by the scammer will then be used for various purposes such as obtaining credit in your name or the opening of accounts such as cellular phone contracts.  Identity Theft can create havoc with your credit for several weeks, months or even years.   This video created by the Bank of Canada on YouTube demonstrates this problem.

The criminals will use several techniques to collect your information including “dumpster diving” where they will gather documents that were discarded.

Shred all your documents that have your name or personal information on it.  You can either purchase a shredder or use a shredding service.

This year Winnipeg Police Service is holding a FREE shredding day with Shred-It at St. Vital Mall on March 24th between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.  There is a maximum two bags or boxes per person.  Find us at the “Shred-It” truck!

Another method the fraudsters have of obtaining your information is through your email.  Never open any emails from people you do not know because it might open a virus that can obtain your information.  Also, never provide any personal information over the internet or over the phone if you have not initiated the contact.  A financial institution will never email or call you and ask for your account details.

For more information about frauds go to

Be part of the conversation!  Twitter event on March 22 from 12-1 pm at #WPSFraudSquad.  A financial crimes investigator will be available to answer your questions, and if more convenient you can even ask your questions in advance.

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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