Skip to main content

Winnipeg’s police chief says officers are being reallocated to different duties as the city deals with increased levels of violence and property crime.

There have been 40 homicides in Winnipeg so far this year – one less than the all-time high – and Danny Smyth says that has put a major strain on resources.

One of the most recent has been the death of a three-year-old boy who was stabbed multiple times as he slept in his bed.

Story continues below advertisement

Chief Smyth says additional officers are being brought in to help with investigations and more officers will be assigned to general and foot patrols.

He says that will mean less resources for the traffic division and for crime prevention initiatives.

Mayor Brian Bowman and Premier Brian Pallister had separate conversations with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week about the string of violence.

Our Morning Update and Evening Update newsletters are written by Globe editors, giving you a concise summary of the day’s most important headlines. Sign up today.

Related topics

Report an error
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to
Comments are closed

We have closed comments on this story for legal reasons or for abuse. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

Cannabis pro newsletter