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Mynarski city councillor ward report: Gangs still a problem in Mynarski

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The 2012 crime statistics have been publicly released in a report by the Winnipeg Police Service. People’s addictions and desire for easy money continue to be the main drivers in the Mynarski Ward’s crime.  

Gangs are still a problem in Mynarski.  I’ll get to statistics, but first I would like to briefly describe what I have been doing regarding crime since elected.

Politically, I serve on the Protection and Community Services standing committee. Policing and prevention are bigger parts of this committee’s mandate. I continually push for more dollars for prevention in the face of the city’s $240-million and growing policing budget. The Winnipeg Police Service under former chief Keith McCaskill and new chief of police, Devon Clunis, understand prevention and community partnerships need to be in place to see crime statistics go down — policing alone will not work.  

When I am at community events, I can see how much the police service is reaching out.

Convincing city council to provide more grants to organizations providing prevention services has been difficult, but city council has been increasing money to community centres and programs.

Here are a few crime-related efforts I have been involved with:

• Startup meetings on establishing a Prince Albert model for dealing with crime which involves provincial departments, Winnipeg Police Service, Community Services, schools and not-for-profit service providers. The focus is not just on the crime participant but the whole family situation.

• Attending a number of meetings on dealing with street gang activity. These meetings allow me to ask important questions about city efforts and to push governments to do the right thing to achieve results.

• Advocating at public events and getting reports on solving the missing and murdered women epidemic. Our women are precious and should not have to be exposed to such awful violence. Many of these women come from the North End.

• Supported the Winnipeg Police Service in doing educational forums on arson and established new provisions to deal with bulk waste. Twenty-five per cent of arsons in 2012 were bulk waste and autobin related.

Here are the 2012 crime statistics in District Three (Mynarski is part of the district), with only significant subcategories mentioned.

• Incidents of violent crime — 2,161, down 7%; murders — eight, down 56%; robberies — 449, down 8%; sexual assaults — 162, down 13%.

• Incidents of property offences — 6,402, holding; break and enter —1,104, up 5%; stolen motor vehicles — 657, holding; theft over $5,000 — 35, down 5%; theft under $5,000 — 1,744, holding; fraud — 158, up 16%; arson — 175, up 14%.

• Incidents of other criminal offences — 1,546, down 4%; Prostitution — 57, down 23%; disturbing the peace — five, up 67%; administration of justice
violations — 1,323, holding (involves parole and other violations of court orders).

• Incidents of criminal traffic offences — 121, down 8%; impaired driving over 0.08 — 76, down 21%; other — 45, up 29%.

• Incidents of controlled substance —  234 holding; possession of cannabis — 36, down 20%; possession of cocaine — 27, down 13%; possession other — 15, up 50%;  traffic production distribution cannabis — 47, up 4%; cocaine — 94 up, 12%; other — 15, down 21%.

• Incidents of youth criminal justice — 118, up 6%.

• Total crime incidents — 10,582, down 2%.

Ross Eadie is the city councillor for Mynarski.

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