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April 23, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

PROJECT HOOK — March 2019

The Winnipeg Police Service's is committed to protecting youth and those at risk of sexual exploitation in our community. With the support of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, the Winnipeg Police Counter Exploitation Unit  and Internet Child Exploitation Unit, have conducted another Project Hook, entitled Hook 2.0.

In June 2018, the first Project Hook proactively targeted individuals luring children under the age of fourteen years for a sexual purpose. The project is accomplished using a variety of internet sites, social media, and associated applications.

Subsequent investigations over the summer resulted in the arrest of seven males between the ages of 29 - 53 who were charged with Child Luring.

This year, investigators ran the project for two weeks in March interacting with persons attempting to lure children for a sexual purpose. As a result, eight adult males between the ages of 20 - 46 were arrested and charged with Luring.

Of those arrested, six males also face an additional charge of Make Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Child.

These proactive investigations are continuing by members of the Counter Exploitation Unit. Citizens are encouraged to report concerns if someone they know may be involved in sexual exploitation online. For more information on addressing child victimization, or to report concerns, visit Canada's national tip line at

Information which guides parents on how to engage in the very important conversation with their children about potential luring situations can be found here: Online Luring Safety Sheet

Theft Over $5,000 – Arrest: C19-77174

On April 12, 2019, the Winnipeg Police Service Major Crimes Unit began an investigation into the theft of property belonging to the City of Winnipeg. On April 19, 2019 a search warrant was executed by investigators at a rural residence located in the town of St. Adolphe, Manitoba.  As a result property belonging to the City of Winnipeg valued at approximately $8,500 was located and seized.

A 32-year-old male who is an employee of the City of Winnipeg will be charged with one count of Theft Over $5,000. As directed by the Criminal Code of Canada the suspect was released on a Promise to Appear with formal charging to follow.

The public is reminded that they can use the City of Winnipeg Fraud and Waste Hotline to report incidents of suspected theft, fraud, or other inappropriate behaviour.

  • Last Update: April 23, 2019

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
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