Public safety is everybody’s business
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This article was published 17/08/2022 (287 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
In contrast to the NDP’s opposition’s assertion that Winnipeg is an over-policed city, our Progressive Conservative government thinks cops deserve respect and support and is doing just that with a variety of public safety initiatives.
Giving back to communities suffering loss by crime, the criminal property forfeiture fund continues to donate appropriate seized items and cash to community organizations for their benefit and use. The fund has put over $20 million back into communities since its inception.
Five new police officers will receive equipment and training to combat cybercrime, which has seen a boon in recent years. Online swindlers, scammers and con artists will be caught and brought to justice by these specially trained police officers in Winnipeg’s Police Service.
In response to catalytic converter thefts, the Scrap Metal Act became law, limiting cash deals at scrap yards to just $50 (with exceptions for items like paint cans), and requiring record-keeping and identification of metal buyers and sellers, making it harder for criminals to get quick cash for stolen catalytic converters. A program is also being rolled out to engrave existing catalytic converters with vehicle identification numbers, making catalytic converters traceable and harder to sell.
But as well as strengthening law and order measures, Manitoba’s government recently made good on its commitment to provide 100 supportive housing beds offering counselling, support and safe housing for people overcoming addictions. Crime is not a straightforward issue, and thanks to partnerships with numerous community organizations, we are taking a balanced approach to tackle these issues. The Bear Clan also recently received funding and supply increases for immediate and long-term efforts to promote safety and prevent crime at a grassroots, street level.
I have personally called 911 several times to get help for people suffering or in danger. If you have a public safety concern, call 911. If there is an ongoing issue or observation, contact my office and I will work to see the issue resolved. Public safety is everyone’s business, and we need to ensure police are available to do their job when needed. Defunding police is a step in the wrong direction. Now more than ever, we need to redouble our efforts to keep our streets safe.
Andrew Micklefield is the MLA for Rossmere and is available at 204-289-4545 and andrewmicklefield.com
Rossmere constituency report
Andrew Micklefield is PC MLA for Rossmere and the government whip for the Province of Manitoba.