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Police union endorses Tories
WINNIPEG - Less than 18 hours before voters go to the polls, Hugh McFadyen trotted out a new crime-fighting campaign promise this afternoon – and the endorsement of the province’s police union.
The Conservative leader said, if elected, he will create a new task force to tackle violent crime. The new integrated Serious Offender Task Force would combine the efforts of the police, probation officers and Crown attorneys into a single unit to keep a lid on dangerous offenders, McFadyen said.
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He said his plan was developed with input of front line police officers. Standing with him at the announcement, in front of the campaign office of Seine River Tory candidate Gord Steeves, was Marc Pellerin, president of the Manitoba Police Association.
Pellerin said his organization appreciated the fact that the PCs had consulted with his organization in developing the proposal. He said it was the first time the police association had endorsed a political party in a provincial election.
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