July 27, 2021 Media Release

Animal Poisoning – Public Awareness

The Winnipeg Police Service has recently received two reports of dogs believed to be intentionally poisoned within the Minto neighbourhood.

Both owners contacted police after their pets fell ill from ingesting what was confirmed to be rodent poison while in the confines of their fenced-in yards. The rodent poison was contained in a plastic bag and had been thrown into their yards. One of the dogs was medically treated and released, while the other dog died due to ingesting the poison.

Pet owners are encouraged to report any suspicious circumstances that involve their pet consuming a poisonous substance being thrown into their yard. Seek veterinary assistance immediately.

Cruelty to animals is a criminal code offence.

Pet owners can make a report by utilizing Winnipeg Police Service online reporting https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/report/default.stm#property  or calling the non-emergency line at 204-986-6222.

2020 Statistical Report

The Winnipeg Police Service 2020 Statistical Report reflects the crime that was reported in Winnipeg, but it only tells part of the story in what was a remarkable year that saw the city deal with the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
There were several interesting dynamics observed in 2020:
Calls to our Communications Centre dropped by almost 6%, yet the total number of calls dispatched increased. Of the calls dispatched, the number of Check Wellbeing incidents increased by 12%, surpassing Domestic incidents as the most dispatched event. While COVID-19 might be a causal factor in these changes, it will likely be another year before we see the full effects of the pandemic on police operations.
Property crime was significantly reduced compared to the previous year, with fewer reports of break & enter, shoplifting and theft under being reported. There was a dramatic decrease in the number of liquor store thefts, primarily driven by the implementation of security protocols by the Manitoba Liquor and Gaming Authority.
There was a modest decrease in violent crimes, driven primarily by a reduction in all robberies. However, the number of homicides was quite high for the second year in a row.  I do note some cause for concern regarding the increase in assault with a weapon offences, and in particular, the number of knife-related events.
As a police service, we strive to have a workforce that is reflective of the community we serve. Throughout the pandemic, we made the most of the resources we had, providing a balanced and strategic approach to manage a challenging environment.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the Winnipeg Police Service for their dedication and commitment to the citizens of Winnipeg during the pandemic.
Danny G. Smyth
Chief of Police

Shooting – Public Assistance: C21-90695

For the past three months, detectives in the Major Crimes Unit have been investigating a  shooting that occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. on April 24, 2021. Two males in their twenties were shot while seated inside an SUV in the area of College Avenue and Arlington Street. They both arrived at the hospital with serious gunshot wounds. One of the victims was subsequently treated and released, while the other male sustained severe and life-altering injuries.

The investigators are now releasing video surveillance of this incident, along with a composite drawing of a male suspect in this shooting. Police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying this suspect.

Any information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts before or after the shooting is considered valuable.

The suspect is described as a male in his late teens or early twenties. He has dark hair and has a medium build. He was seen wearing a light-coloured hoodie.

*** Warning this video contains graphic content, with audible gunshots***

Investigators ask anyone with information to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219. Additional information can be relayed anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


As previously released:

On April 24, 2021, at 5:30 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a Winnipeg hospital after two males (both in their 20's) had been brought in with gunshot wounds. One of the males was critically injured and remains hospitalized. The other male has since been treated and released.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit are investigating and have limited information at this time. It is believed that the males had been shot at while in a vehicle in the North End area of Winnipeg.

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