The provincial government is extending a new initiative aimed at reducing violent crime and retail theft in Winnipeg.

Following the Manitoba Government's announcement of temporary funding for police overtime to combat retail theft and violence, Winnipeg police report significant progress in curbing crime across targeted areas.

The initiative, launched in late May and extended through the summer, aims to enhance community safety and reduce criminal activity in hot-spot locations like Osborne Village, the Exchange District, and the West End.

The Winnipeg Police Service says in a release that during the first month of operation, which concluded on July 5, collaborative efforts between uniformed officers, detectives, and community relations personnel resulted in:

  • 203 arrests related to violent crime and retail theft.
  • Over $8,800 in recovered merchandise.
  • 1,113 storefront engagements aimed at educating retailers and community members.
  • 610 crime prevention engagements conducted by the Community Relations Division.

On Wednesday, July 10, 2024, Justice Minister Matt Wiebe announced an extension of the project with more funding. The initiative, supported by $1.1 million in provincial funding, has allowed for increased police presence and proactive engagement with the community.

"When shops open their doors every morning, they shouldn’t have to worry about rampant, unchecked crime," Wiebe says in a post online.

Retailers and community members are encouraged to participate in safety presentations offered by the Community Relations Division to further enhance local security measures.