Thursday, December 15, 2016

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service
Thursday December 15th, 2016
Winnipeg Police Service Announces Downtown Safety Strategy
Expect to see more foot patrols, officers on buses, and more visibility from police in Winnipeg's downtown. The Winnipeg Police Service is launching its downtown safety strategy, called Centreline.
Centreline redefines police response to crime and disorder through community engagement, crime analysis, problem-oriented policing and proactive policing principles (SPI-Smart Policing Initiative), as well as public education campaigns.
Centreline incorporates performance metrics that include perceived safety in the downtown area (collected through citizen surveys), calls for service, and crime rate. These metrics are closely monitored and utilized for strategic deployment of resources.
The strategy focuses on a dedicated area of downtown. Foot Patrol and Community Support Unit officers in the downtown will be assigned ownership of a geographic area within Centreline and deployed based on crime analytics. The aim is to reduce the risk, frequency and severity of crime and social disorder, enhance public safety, and reduce the number of frequent users of emergency services.
In the latest Winnipeg Police General Survey, 91% of women said they felt unsafe walking alone downtown after dark. Working with our partners, this is a number the WPS is committed to reducing.
In line with the Service's vision of Creating a Culture of Safety for All, the WPS has joined the United Nation's 'Safe Cities Global Initiative.' The goal is to help create and support locally relevant strategies for reducing and preventing sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces. Winnipeg is the 1st city in North America to have joined this initiative and it is incorporated as a basic principle of Centreline.
Centreline will have a positive impact on downtown by reducing the risk, frequency and severity of crime and social disorder, and in effect, enhancing public safety.

Centreline boundary shown in red.

For further information contact either:
Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

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