Bell Tower STREET PROOF Notes – Part 1

On December 19th, approximately 25 community members gathered for the 160th Peace Rally of the Meet Me at the Bell Tower series to discuss how we can make our community street proof. We shared ideas for Tips for Community Members, talked about who the Helpers are and even had some support from the Winnipeg Police Service to help us understand how police system is organized, and how resources are dispatched. Find below some of the basic notes including Short and Long term goals for the Winnipeg Police – agreed upon by the Indigenous Partnership section, as well as the Bell Tower TO-DO list.

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STREET PROOF

The theme was Street Proof as we wanted to share concepts that would be helpful for families to take away for safety in the streets and also build a better understanding in the community about what the police’s role is. The below 2 sections (Helpers and Community Tips) are being developed into a card that we can share with community members so they can keep in their pocket!

HELPERS

  • Each Other (ie. buddy system)
  • Meet Me at the Bell Tower
  • Winnipeg Police (911 Emergency & WPS Non-Emergency)
  • Winnipeg Police District 3, Indigenous Partnership, Proffessional Standards
  • Block Parents
  • Bear Clan Patrol (COMING SOON)
  • Mental Health Supports
  • 311 (burnt out street lights)
  • Drunk Tank (on Martha Street)

TIPS FOR COMMUNITY

  • use the buddy system
  • attend MM@BT to talk with community members about local safety concerns every week
  • Learn about how the WPS system works
    • how police resources are prioritized (Ranking System 1-9**)
    • how to contact the Community Relations Office and Indigenous Partnership Section
    • when a case is considered stale
    • how to speak to the Communications Centre (the people who answer 911 and non-emerg. calls)
  • engage police without aggression
  • get the badge numbers when interacting with police officers
  • get the incident numbers when dealing with 311, 911 and non-emerg
  • volunteer in Block Parent or Bear Clan Patrol to help keep community safe

**more detailed info is needed about this

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Winnipeg Police Goals – SHORT TERM

  • open a case (no details will be released, but know a case was opened at the individuals request and with the support of our community and the WPS)
  • Send officers to Street Proof Bell Tower Gathering
  • Have WPS attend more communtiy events
  • Have WPS available to answe questions about HOW the police system works
  • MM@BT delegation to meet with New District 3 Inspector

Winnipeg Police Goals – LONG TERM

  • Presentations delivered in community would ideally be with a community member presenting beside the police officer informing citizens about citizen respoinsibilities and opportunities to support communtiy safety
  • Increased Sensitivity Training and more indigenous recruitment in the following departments
    • WPS Communications Centre
    • WPS officers and cadets who engage directly with community members
  • Missing and Murdered Indigeneous Women
    • “BELIEVE ME”
    • Increased coordination with other jurisdictions
      • RCMP
      • Drunk Tank
      • Justice System
    • Improvements to the follow up mechanisms available to citizens when they feel cases have gone cold or “stale”

And though this wasn’t on our official papers much conversation was had about the Proffessional Standards Unit of the WPS and how citizens at the bell tower would be more comfortable if there was some sort of external group that did inviestigations into police misconduct.

BELL TOWER TO DO LIST

  • Request a presentation from
    • WPS Communications Centre
    • WPS Professional Standards Unit
  • Invite Police Chief Devon Clunis to the Bell Tower
  • Learn about BLOCK PARENTS as well as BEAR CLAN PATROL
  • Translate the RCMP Report on 1181 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women into easy to understand language for community
  • Continue with Meet Me at the Bell Tower
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