Po­lice pri­or­i­ties

Winnipeg Free Press - - YOUR SAY -

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.

MON­ICA SMITH

Win­nipeg

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