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May 9, 2016

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Winnipeg Police Deputy Chief Dave Thorne Announces Retirement

After 35 years of service, Winnipeg Police Deputy Chief Dave Thorne is retiring.
Deputy Chief Dave Thorne has been a member of the Winnipeg Police Service since 1981. Promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in November 2013, he is responsible for Police Operations, which includes the Uniform Operations, Operational Support and Investigative branches of the Service.
He enjoyed a well-rounded career, evenly divided between Uniform Patrol and Criminal Investigations. Deputy Chief Thorne’s previous assignments in Criminal Investigations include Commercial Crime, Robbery, Child Abuse and Homicide.  He was also a Forensic Polygraph Examiner and was assigned to the RCMP/ WPS Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit where he was one of the Team Leaders and the Financial Coordinator for a covert storefront money laundering operation.
Deputy Chief Thorne was promoted to the rank of Inspector in 2004. In 2009 he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent, Uniform Operations. The part of his career that stands out the most, and that he is especially proud of, is that his last 15 years of service have all been connected to Uniform Operations, including serving as a Sergeant, Staff Sergeant and eventually as the Inspector of Division #11 - our Downtown Uniform Division.   
Deputy Chief Thorne has represented our organization with honour and distinction, earning the respect of our partners in the criminal justice, health and social service systems. Our community is stronger due to his collaborative and inclusive efforts.

Counterfeit Money Arrest – C16-90186

During the months of April and beginning of May, the Winnipeg Police Service received unusually high volumes of reports regarding counterfeit currency being tendered at local businesses. As a result, members of the Commercial Crime Unit initiated an investigation which included a public advisory reminding citizens to check their notes carefully prior to accepting them. As a result of the investigation, a 28 year old male was identified as a suspect in this matter.

On May 6, 2016 members of the Winnipeg Police Service came into contact with the 28 year old male suspect regarding an unrelated matter, at which time he was placed under arrest. At the time of his arrest officers recovered approximately $1800.00 of counterfeit Canadian currency.

As a result, this male is facing numerous charges in relation to the Possession, Use and Making of Counterfeit Currency.

He was remanded into custody.


Members of the Commercial Crime Unit would like to remind ALL members of the public to remain diligent as counterfeit currency may still be in circulation.
Merchants and consumers are reminded to check their notes and that they are under no obligation to accept notes they believe are counterfeit.
Some general security features to look for in Canadian currency are:
Raised (intaglio) printing that can be felt by the touch.

  • Very clear, fine line details in all the printing.
  • The polymer bills display a Metallic portrait and building within the clear window.
  • The Polymer bills display transparent text within the clear window.
  • There is no consistency to the serial numbers. As such, we do not have a list that can be used for identification.

For more information on security features of Canadian bank notes, please refer to:
If a suspected counterfeit note is tendered to you or your staff:

  • Inspect it closely and compare it to a known authentic bill if possible.
  • If safe to do so, retain the bill and ask the customer for another form of payment. As a consumer, decline the note and request another form of change.
  • Record a description of the suspect and if appropriate, any vehicle associated to them.
  • Contact police in a timely manner and make a report.

Members of the Commercial Crime Unit would also like to thank the public and local businesses for taking the time to file reports of this nature. Reporting these incidents is essential to the success of our investigations.

Stabbing Investigation – C16-91553

On May 8, 2016 at approximately 4:00 a.m., a 27 year old male was outside an apartment building located in the 500 block of Ellice Avenue when he was confronted by an unknown male and stabbed in the upper body.

The suspect fled and the victim was transported to hospital in critical condition. He was later upgraded to stable.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Division 11 Crime Unit.

The suspect is described as being a male in his 20’s, wearing dark clothing and in possession of a knife.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6668 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477). 


Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer

Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061

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