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Friday, May 26, 2017
News Release - Winnipeg Police Service
Friday, May 26, 2017
Old Exhibition Grounds Statement from Chief Danny Smyth
One of the guiding principles of the Winnipeg Police Service is to build bridges with our diverse communities, and enhance the quality of life for people who live, work, and play in this city. To that end, we as an organization know how important it is to consult any community before changes are thrust upon the neighbourhoods we serve.
The Winnipeg Police Service is planning to replace the existing District 3 police station on Hartford, originally built for the 40-man West Kildonan Police Department. It is an aging structure that no longer meets the needs of our members, but more importantly, the northwest district of the city.
The preferred site is the Old Exhibition Grounds on McPhillips Street. The site is much bigger than what our needs require, and as such, we are undergoing the process of determining the best way to utilize a portion of the property.
Our plan was to conduct extensive discussions with local stakeholders (including community residents and the Nomads, among others) before any option was adopted. The intent was to cause the least amount of disruption as possible. City Councillor for the area, Mike Pagtakhan was engaged in those discussions. He identified which organizations and people needed to be involved to determine how to lessen any impact this project would have.
Before we could even begin on this consultation process, it was circumvented by unfortunate and disappointing remarks by Councillor Ross Eadie that needlessly inflamed the situation.
All stakeholders have my word, that before any decision is reached, their voices will be heard, and their concerns taken into consideration.
For further information contact either: Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs