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Province Combating Liquor Mart Thefts with ‘Operation Safe Streets’

November 28, 2019 10:37 AM | News

Liquor Mart Secure Entrance

The new security entrance at the Tyndall Park Liquor Mart. (MBLL)

The Manitoba government is taking new measures to combat violent thefts from Liquor Mart stores by launching an initiative with law enforcement.

Operation Safe Streets is a collaborative effort between Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Winnipeg police and RCMP.

“Operation Safe Streets will be another crime-fighting tool as part of our overarching Safer Streets, Safer Lives Action Plan, which takes a whole-of-government approach and recognizes that we can accomplish more when we work together,” said Justice Minister Cliff Cullen.

As part of the initiative, a new Crime Stoppers advertising campaign will be launched in Winnipeg, Brandon and rural Manitoba including more cash for drug tips.

Additional steps are also being taken to improve the sharing of criminal intelligence between the RCMP and municipal police forces, including joint forces operations, and greater support for tactical enforcement by Winnipeg police.

Operation Safe Streets comes on the heels of new controlled entrances at all Winnipeg Liquor Marts. The Tyndall Park location was the first store to see the new security measures put into place. The remaining city locations will see secure doors implemented in the coming weeks and months.