High school welding class builds special lock box for Winnipeg’s Bear Clan

WINNIPEG — The Bear Clan Patrol has a new lock box to store the narcotics it finds, and a high school welding class made it.

Students in Mike Johnston’s welding class at R. B. Russell Vocational High School designed and built the box.

“They were very eager to get on board and help keep their streets safe,” said Johnston. 

The Bear Clan Patrol will use the box to safely store any drugs it finds until police pick them up.

Lock box

Johnston said the project started when a local police officer asked if he could come up with a lock box design.

“We’ve had some citizens turn in some improvised firing devices, so to have a safe location for that type of thing instead of it just sitting in an office is a pretty good thing,” said Sgt. Brian Chrupalo of the Winnipeg Police Service.

“To have a nice box where we can lock things up properly until we can get a unit to pick it up is far better than it just sitting on a desk or in a filing cabinet,” Sgt. Chrupalo said. “It’s locked, it’s got a perfect little drop box location, and we are going to bolt it down in the new den.”

The welding class’ previous projects include benches, fire pits and pizza ovens.

In return for building the narcotic lock box, the class is getting pizza.

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