Last year saw significant decrease in use of force calls, say Winnipeg police

The Winnipeg Police Service says it experienced a significant decrease in ‘use of force’ reports in 2018, when compared to previous years.According to the WPS’ annual report to the Winnipeg Police Board, released Friday as part of the board’s regular meeting agenda, 2018 saw 757 use of force reports – a decrease of 13 per cent from 2017’s numbers.Story continues below“In all cases where force is used or a weapon is discharged (other than for training purposes), the incident is documented through an electronic reporting system known as Blue Team.READ…

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Winnipeg police use armoured vehicle more than 30 times in 2018

The Winnipeg Police Service‘s armoured response vehicle was in high demand last year.The ARV was used for tactical deployment 34 times in 2018, according to the city police board’s latest report.Of those times, the vehicle was deployed on eight occasions for active firearm calls, including an incident in which the vehicle was shot at, the report says.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Winnipeg Police Service adds armoured vehicle to its fleet“Notably, one of these events included an active shooter situation in November 2018. The ARV sustained multiple shots directed at members, saving…

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Rookie councillor Kevin Klein nominated for Police Board chair

Mayor Brian Bowman has nominated one of his newest councillors for the role of Winnipeg Police Board chair. Kevin Klein, who was elected Oct. 24 to represent the Charleswood-Tuxedo riding, is Bowman’s choice to replace outgoing chair David Asper, whose term expires at the end of December. Prior to starting in the role, Klein will need to successfully pass background and security checks – required of all appointments to the board – and his appointment will need to be ratified by council. Story continues below READ MORE: Exclusive: ‘It works…

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Overtime, photo radar revenue down, fuel, ticket fines up, say Winnipeg Police

The Winnipeg Police Service says overtime costs are down — and could have been lower except for the Winnipeg Jets’ NHL playoff Whiteout street parties.The WPS will present their second-quarter report at the police board meeting at city hall on Friday, which says overtime costs to the end of June are down 11.54 per cent compared to the same period last year.Story continues belowThose numbers would have been much lower, however, officers were assigned to the Whiteout street parties, which counts as overtime they said.READ MORE: Winnipeg Police Board asking…

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