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Winnipeg Police Service

September 13, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Virtual Police Response Pilot Project

The Winnipeg Police Service is conducting a Virtual Police Response pilot project as an alternative reporting method. It is designed to test the use of online video platforms to enhance police ability to contact victims of residential and commercial Break & Enter events in a more timely and efficient manner.

Currently, two online video platforms are being tested; FaceTime (Apple devices) and Google Duo (Android devices).

Virtual Police Response is easy to use. After reporting a break and enter, an officer will contact the reporting person to gain information about the break and enter. The officer will ask them to consent to a real-time video assessment of the break-in.

If consent is granted, officers will virtually connect via mobile device with the reporting person and walk through the scene, assessing the damage. They will then determine if additional resources are required, including investigative and forensic officers.

  • The reporting person is under no obligation to consent to a virtual assessment.
  • There will be no additional collection of personal information beyond what the Police Service is already authorized to collect for law enforcement purposes.
  • The online interaction will not be recorded or retained in any capacity by the Police Service and is used for assessment purposes only.

If successful, the initiative will reduce the public's wait time for a response when reporting incidents of break and enter allowing for timely entry of stolen property onto CPIC, the Canadian Police Information Centre's database.

This project was funded by the City of Winnipeg's Innovation Strategy Program.

To see a sample demonstration view here.


Online Dating Site Sexual Assaults - Public Safety Advisory

The Winnipeg Police Service Sex Crimes Unit is currently investigating an increased number of sexual assaults stemming from online dating classified ads. The public is reminded to use caution when meeting anyone through an online source. This mode of dating allows criminals to remain anonymous while taking advantage of unsuspecting persons.

We offer the following crime prevention tips:

  • Consider using a credible online dating site; most require a user fee
  • Do some research; thoroughly vet the sites you plan to use
  • Never disclose private information on online dating sites
  • Check the name of the person you are meeting through an online search engine
  • Be aware of personal risks. Initial meetings should be in a public place.
  • Do not meet someone alone or at the very least, tell a friend or family member about whom and where you are meeting, including the person’s contact information and a screenshot of the ad
  • Set up a safety check-in with someone you trust for after your meeting
  • Be wary of requests for money
  • Follow your instincts - if something feels wrong, it probably is

To report a sexual assault call police at 9-1-1 in emergency situations or (204)986-6222 in non-emergency situations. If you or someone you know have been a victim of sexual assault and are unsure of what do or who you can speak with, resources are available on our website at https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/Units_and_Divisions/sex_crimes.stm


Last Update: September 13, 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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