October 23, 2020 Media Release

Seven puppies welcomed into WPS K9 breeding program

On September 1, 2020, the Winnipeg Police Service K9 Unit proudly welcomed seven new puppies into its in-house breeding program.  The puppies and mother, Police Service Dog (PSD) Ellie, are all doing well!

This is the first time a litter has been bred through the program using artificial insemination.

The process has allowed us to combine the highly sought-after traits of former PSD Judge and PSD Ellie to ensure the highest quality K9s are working alongside officers in the community's service.

Nine years ago, samples from Judge were taken and frozen for breeding future litters. This K9 displayed highly sought-after traits, making him a suitable candidate for the breeding program. 

During Judge’s 10-year career, he assisted in more than 500 arrests and sired over 45 puppies, six of which are currently working for the Winnipeg Police Service. Judge retired in 2014 and passed away in 2015.

In May 2019, the K9 Unit purchased Ellie from a breeder in Minnesota. She’s proven herself to be an excellent police service dog, making her the choice for carrying this litter. 

In partnership with Dr. Erica Anseeuw and the team at the Stonewall Veterinary Hospital, Ellie was monitored in preparation for this procedure to pinpoint the crucial 12-hour window in which the frozen samples could be implanted to ensure success.  

The insemination was successfully performed on July 3, 2020, ensuring Judge's legacy continues. 

We are very thankful to all involved who ensured this was a success. 
Each of these pups will be trained as police dogs for our Service and other agencies.

The Winnipeg Police Service in-house breeding program was established in 1999.  It is one of the only breeding programs run by a municipal service in Canada. With the primary mandate of ensuring the best possible K9 candidates for Winnipeg, the program has also supplied K9s to police agencies as far away as Salt Lake City, Utah, Plymouth, Minnesota and police departments in western Canada.

Impaired Driving – Arrest: C20-247235

During the evening of October 17, 2020, members of the Traffic Division were conducting impaired driving enforcement in the WPS Checkstop van throughout the city.

At approximately 2:20 a.m., a vehicle passed the Checkstop van at a high rate of speed. While travelling on Pembina Highway near Grant Avenue, the car weaved within its lane and had the 4-way flashers activated.

Soon after, officers observed an infant in a child seat in the vehicle, which rapidly accelerated. Officers attempted to catch up to the car at 90 km/h, but it continued to pull away. The emergency lighting was activated on the Checkstop van, and the vehicle continued through the Confusion Corner area at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop on Donald Street at Gertrude Avenue, and the driver exited with his hands in the air and laid down on the roadway. He was taken into custody soon after.

A 23-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

- Operation of a Conveyance While Impaired to Any Degree by BAC or Drug or a Combination of Both
- Fail or Refuse to Provide Sample.
- Drive without  licence or with invalid licence (Highway Traffic Act)

The male was also processed on four outstanding arrest warrants for charges that include:

- Break Enter & Commit Robbery - Dwelling House
- Robbery
- Break, Enter & Aggravated Assault
- Discharge Firearm with Intent
- Discharge Prohibited Firearm
- Possession Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
- Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing that it is Unauthorized
- Possession of a Weapon Knowing that it is Unauthorized
- Possession of Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition
- Assault with a Weapon
- Fail to Attend Court (Appearance Notice)

He was detained in custody.

The name of the accused is not being released to protect the identity of the child.

Impaired Driving & Firearm – Arrest: C20-250071

On October 21, 2020, at approximately 10:55 a.m., a West District General Patrol unit observed a stolen vehicle with front-end damage in the 800 block of Bannatyne Avenue. Officers safely stopped the vehicle, and the male driver was taken into custody.

A search of the vehicle and driver resulted in the seizure of a sawed-off .22 calibre rifle along with ammunition. Officers also determined that the male was impaired. The vehicle had been reported stolen between October 19-20 from the Minto neighbourhood.

The male driver had previously been arrested for a second impaired driving offence during the evening of October 11, 2020, when he was observed by a K9 Unit driving erratically at a high rate of speed in the area of Logan Avenue and McPhillips Street. Upon being pulled over, he collided with a cruiser car and was taken into custody.

Over both incidents, Braedon Lee Gordon, a 20-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Operation of a Conveyance While Impaired to Any Degree by BAC or Drug or a Combination of Both (x2)
- Within 2 hrs of Ceasing to Operation a Conveyance is Impaired with BAC Equal or Over 80mgs
- Fail or Refuse to Provide Sample
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x2)
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
- Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon in Motor Vehicle
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He was detained in custody.

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