Re: Cops pulled from neighbourhoods and Canadians view Winnipeg as least safe city in nation (Aug. 24)
The Winnipeg Police Service has temporarily redeployed community support units to front-line duty. This is due to the fact that there are too many calls for the general patrol to attend to.
The police budget is constantly questioned, yet in recent years the Neighbourhood Watch groups have not been receiving the support needed. Citizens Against Crime Awareness (CACA) helped to support the various CACA volunteers with information & annual meetings where a police officer would attend. This support was a necessary communication. Unfortunately, CACA in St.JamesAssiniboia, St. Boniface & St. Vital shut down in 2010 due to a lack of funding by the Winnipeg Police (who obviously had their budget cut). St. James-Assiniboia CACA managed to re-open as a privately held company to ensure the continued support in that area until closing in 2017.
In June the Winnipeg Free Press reported that the Winnipeg Police Service would not be having a 2017 fall recruit class. This class is normally held each year; 40 new recruits were hired in February 2017.
It’s time that both Premier Brian Pallister and Mayor Brian Bowman start checking their priorities concerning the police budget.