Winnipeg police chief reallocating officers to deal with surge in crime
|Toronto Star 08 Nov 2019 at 21:20|
Winnipeg’s police chief says officers are being reallocated to different duties to help the city deal with increased violence and property crime.
“Our community is reeling, really, and our organization is reeling here. A lot of people just can’t make sense of what’s going on right now,” Danny Smyth said Friday.
“The level of violence, the level of property crime — it’s bad. It’s alarming for all of us.”
There have been 40 homicides in Winnipeg so far this year — one fewer than the 2011 record. Eleven of those occurred in the last 30 days.
One of the most recent was the death of three-year-old Hunter Haze Straight-Smith, who was stabbed multiple times as he slept in his bed. His mother’s on-again-off-again boyfriend has been charged with second-degree murder.
Hunter was full of love and joy and wanted to be a policeman when he grew up so he could help people, an obituary said.