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June 29, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release


The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing 17-year-old male, Josiah PRATT.

PRATT is known to frequent the downtown area and last communicated with known persons on June 22, 2017. 

PRATT is described as Indigenous, 5’5” in height, slim build, short black hair, and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing beige pants, a silver watch, a black and tan coloured backpack, and grey Nike runners. 

The Winnipeg Police Service has concerns for the well-being of PRATT and is asking anyone with information regarding PRATT's whereabouts to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250. 

Sirens for Life Summer 2017 Launch

Emergency services workers often see the need for blood firsthand—just one patient with internal bleeding may need up to eight blood donors to help save their life.

The Winnipeg Police Service, RCMP, Winnipeg Fire Paremedic Service, STARS Air Ambulance, and Manitoba Corrections workers are joining forces to ensure patients receive the blood they need through the Sirens for Life summer blood donor drive.

With the help of community members, emergency services workers will top up Canada’s blood supply

The Sirens for Life campaign runs from June 29 - August 5, 2017.

Anyone wishing to participate in the Blood Challenge is requested to contact Canadian Blood Services at (1-888-2-DONATE) 1-838-236-6283 or at to book your appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

When you donate at the clinic, please indicate that you are participating in the 2017 Sirens for Life Blood Challenge.

Every minute of every day someone in Canada needs blood. Let’s do our part in ensuring an adequate supply of blood is available to all citizens by donating today.

Residential Home Safety and Security

Over recent weeks, the Winnipeg Police Service has seen an increase in the reports of residential Break and Enters. Unfortunately, break and enter is a very common major crime. Most break-ins are crimes of opportunity and relatively unsophisticated in nature. The Winnipeg Police Service has seen a 15% increase in reports of residential break and enters from 2015 to 2016.

The Winnipeg Police Service would like to remind citizens to be mindful of home security, at all hours of the day, when present or away. As the weather warms, keeping your windows and patio doors locked when you're sleeping, away from the home, or working in the yard, can prevent your property from being the target of a break and enter.

To assist the community, the Winnipeg Police Service has produced a crime prevention video which can be viewed here:

In addition, the Winnipeg Police Service will be engaged in a residential safety audit program beginning in mid-July. Further information on the home audits, as well as additional safety tips and reminders will be posted on our web site and through social media all summer long.

For more information and additional safety tips, please visit the Winnipeg Police Service website at Residential Home Security.

Canada Day Celebrations

Celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday are expected to draw record crowds across the country, and Winnipeg will be no different.

Events are being scheduled throughout the city, with key venues being Assiniboine Park, Osborne Village and The Forks.

The goal of the Winnipeg Police Service is to ensure a safe environment for everyone looking to enjoy the celebrations. We will have additional officers and resources deployed on July 1 and Winnipeggers can expect to see an increased police presence throughout the day and evening.

The Forks will be the hub for the largest Canada Day gathering in the city. With that in mind, here are a few points to keep in mind as you make your way downtown this Saturday:

- Parking will be at a premium in and around The Forks. Consider car-pooling with friends or family, walking or cycling, or taking public transit to help reduce congestion and delays.
- Following the fireworks display officers will be holding back vehicular traffic to allow pedestrians to safely clear the area first. If you are taking your vehicle to The Forks area, expect delays of a minimum of 30 minutes when leaving.

-Unless you are in a designated area, open liquor is prohibited. Please drink responsibly.

-Consider arranging a meeting place before you arrive, especially if there are young children involved. Very large crowds are expected, increasing the chances of become inadvertently separated from your group.

-Be aware of your surroundings. If something doesn't look right flag down an officer and let them know, or call the police at 911 or (204) 986-6222.

We want everyone to have a great time on Canada Day. With some advanced planning we can all enjoy a safe and memorable Canada Day celebration.

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