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Winnipeg Police Service

July 29, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

2019 Winnipeg Police Service Public Opinion Survey

Every two years, the Winnipeg Police Service contracts out a public opinion telephone survey to an independent agency to ask citizens about their view of the Service and their opinions about crime and public safety in our city. This year, interviewers from Advanis, an independent market research firm, will randomly call individuals in all areas of the City of Winnipeg between July 29 and August 3, 2019, to complete the 20-minute survey. 
   
The public is also invited to complete a shorter, online version of the survey by visiting the Winnipeg Police Service website.
   
Once complete, the results of the survey will be made public and posted on the Winnipeg Police Service website.
   
The Winnipeg Police Service thanks all those who take the time to participate in the survey.


Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration

On July 26 & 27, 2019, the Brandon Police Service, together with the Winnipeg Police Service - Counter Exploitation Unit conducted Project Beckon.

The Counter Exploitation Unit is part of the Winnipeg Police Service's Specialized Investigation Division. Part of the unit's focus is the safety and wellbeing of those involved in the sex trade, whether directly or indirectly and to conduct proactive enforcement on those who choose to exploit the vulnerable for sexual services.

Focused on Brandon. Project Beckon's goal was to target the demand side of sexual exploitation and safety of those who are exploited.

The results of Project Beckon are:

  • 20 males arrested and charged with Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration under the Criminal Code.
  • 15 vehicles seized under the Manitoba Highway Traffic Act.  

All 20 individuals have been released on a Promise to Appear.

Sexual Exploitation is not bound by jurisdictions. Victims do not choose this lifestyle or the harm inflicted upon them as a result. Those vulnerable to sexual exploitation are transient.

Further results of this joint force operation are that investigators can focus on building safer, long term strategies while balancing the needs of everyone involved.

Signs victims are being exploited include: being escorted and/or watched, not speaking on their own behalf, limited knowledge of area/city they are in, and signs of depression or fear.

For more information on sexual exploitation and human trafficking visit:
https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/ceu/default.stm

Anyone with information related to crimes of procuring for sexual services or human trafficking is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency, the Winnipeg Police Counter Exploitation Unit at 204-986-3464 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Motor Vehicle Collision – Investigation: C19-175623

On July 28, 2019, at approximately 2:35 p.m., emergency personnel responded to the intersection of St. Vital Road and Dunkirk Drive for the report of a collision involving a motorcycle and an automobile.

The driver of the motorcycle, a male in his 30’s, was transported in critical condition but has been upgraded to stable condition where he remains at this time. The driver of the automobile, a female in her 50’s, was transported to hospital in stable condition.

Investigators are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the collision or have information concerning the incident contact the Traffic Division at 204-986-7085 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Drug Offence – Arrests: C19-174501

On July 27, 2019, at approximately 9:25 a.m., a Guns & Gangs Unit was in the area of Redwood Avenue and Salter Street when they observed a vehicle with improper window tinting.

The vehicle was pulled over in the 300 block of Charles Street, and an investigation led to the seizure of a number of items from within the vehicle, including the following:

- 736 grams of methamphetamine (estimated street value of $36,800)
- 16.5 grams of cocaine (estimated street value of $1,640)
- 39 Percocet pills/tablets

Alexander Branden Mini, a 26-year-old male of Griswold, Manitoba, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Oxycodone
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x2)

Zacoya Henderson, a 21-year-old female of Griswold, Manitoba, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Oxycodone
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000

Regan Harold Olafson, a 43-year-old male of Riverton, Manitoba, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Oxycodone
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000

All three were detained in custody.


    • Last Update: August 2, 2019

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca


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