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Winnipeg police getting new officers, analysts

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Winnipeg police will soon be adding six new foot patrol officers and four new analysts as part of an increased focus on community-based crime reduction.

The province confirmed specific details today following their recent throne speech announcement on funding.

"We’re committed to community police," premier Greg Selinger said at a morning news conference inside the Public Safety Building. "We want our neighbourhoods to know we're there with them if they're feeling unsafe."

Ten new police cadets will also be added to complement the front-line officers. Police Chief Devon Clunis said it will likely be a full year before the beefed-up presence is felt on the streets as recruitment and training take time.

"I think it will make a significant difference," he said. The analysts will focus on how to best utilize police resources to "ensure they’re in the hot spots" where crime issues are occurring.

Clunis said the most common request he gets at community forums he attends is for more officers on the streets, meeting with citizens and getting to know the neighbourhoods.

"Policing is getting to be a much more information driven process," said Selinger. He added further announcements are pending about the "21 block area project" in which the province and police will take specific aim at the most crime-impacted areas of the city.

www.mikeoncrime.com

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