Winnipeg police are asking the public's help to find an ammunition clip loaded with 14 bullets an officer lost over the Christmas break.
The pistol magazine was lost sometime between Dec. 28 and Jan. 2 while the officer was on duty. It is only being reported now because the officer did not know it was missing until returning from a four- or five-day break.
It was not the magazine in the pistol but a spare magazine most officers carry in a pouch on their chest. It is a black plastic object about 15 centimetres long by five centimetres wide.
There are a variety of ways the spare magazine can become dislodged, including brushing up against something or while chasing someone, said police spokesman, Const. Jay Murray.
The incident doesn't happen often and the ammunition can only be used in .40 calibre pistols, such as the Winnipeg Police Service-issued .40-calibre Glock handgun, he said.
"I don't think the public needs to be concerned. We're still making efforts to go back to where the officer may have been," he said.
Several years ago, there was a spate of Taser cartridges being lost by police. In 2010, four officers lost cartridges from their Tasers.
Murray said that was more of an equipment failure since the cartridges were fastened to an officer's uniform with Velcro that kept coming undone. An improved fastener rectified the problem.
With pistol magazines, one was lost in 2013 and another in 2012, both during winter months.
A Taser was lost in September, 2016, during crowd control. A Taser police reported lost in February of 2016 turned out to be still at a police station and not lost after all.
Updated on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 2:12 PM CST: adds quotes