PC police promise: Party will add two officers to north district crime reduction team if re-elected

The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba’s re-election campaign kept rolling Aug. 19 with the announcement that they will invest $2.8 million to crack down on rural crime in the province.

Thompson candidate Kelly Bindle said part of this money would go towards adding two additional officers to the northern district’s existing crime reduction enforcement team, increasing their ranks from six to eight. 

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“The two officers are being stationed in Thompson,” said Bindle. “They’ll be targeting issues around Thompson and the area specifically to crime reduction identified by the strategy. There will be more announcements regarding the crime reduction strategy … during the campaign.”

Bindle also said that $300,000 will be used to develop a public safety strategy for Thompson, which was previously announced in May and then re-announced along with Thompson court office renovations in early June

The $2.8 million would also be used to create two new crime reduction teams targeting prolific offenders and drug dealers in the Manitoba RCMP’s eastern and western districts. The party also plans to use this money to recruit two new crime analysts to help the RCMP identify criminal trends and crime hotspots.

“A re-elected PC government will move rural Manitoba forward on public safety by supporting the RCMP to crack down on criminals and street gangs,” Manitoba PC leader Brian Pallister said in a press release. 

Back in July, Statistics Canada’s annual Juristat Crime Severity Index (CSI) for 2018 revealed that Thompson remained at the top of the violent CSI with a score of 569.85.

This is 60 points jump from the previous year, and more than 200 points higher than the score for North Battleford, Saskatchewan, the community with the second-highest violent CSI. 

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