Friday, December 1, 2017

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service


Winnipeg Police Service

Friday, December 1, 2017

Further to the statement provided by Chief Danny Smyth on Wednesday, November 29, the Winnipeg Police Service is providing the following information regarding officers who have either faced Impaired Driving charges, or are currently on charge for these offences.

Since 2005, 12 officers have been charged with impaired driving related offences (the officer arrested on November 20, 2017 by the RCMP in the Headingley area has not yet been charged).

A year-by-year breakdown can be found on the attached chart.  The chart indicates the number of officers charged in a given year, compared with all impaired driving charges laid by the Winnipeg Police Service.

The Independent Investigations Unit of Manitoba was notified in each case since they have been active.  However, the current Winnipeg Police Board policy is open to interpretation as to what events or incidents require the Chief to notify the Board.  Going forward, the Chief will work with members of the Board to establish a policy for notification.

Currently oncharge for an impaired driving offence:

Jason Garrett, a 28-year member of the Service, arrested by the RCMP in February 2017.

Andrew Tighe, a 23-year member of the Service, arrested by the WPS in June 2017.

Mike Hawley, an 8-year member of the Service, arrested by the WPS in November 2017.

Justin Holz, an 8-year member of the Service, arrested by the WPS in October 2017.

The Winnipeg Police Service is making this additional information regarding impaired offences available at this time as some of these names have not been previously released.

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

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

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