WINNIPEG – With one week left on the job, Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis is looking back and ahead as retirement approaches.
Clunis says some of the hardest decisions he has had to make involves letting members go.
“Releasing members, that’s not easy to do. Those are the most difficult because you realize you’re impacting somebody else’s future. Not only theirs, specifically. I think about their families when I have to deal with those very difficult decisions.
Clunis says the biggest challenge ahead for the service is keeping the service involved in community building.
He says the service can’t exist in isolation, catching criminals. Community partnerships are key in preventing crime.
Clunis also points out that dealing with intoxicated people is a huge drain on police resources, and knows his officers’ time could be better spent.
“It takes up a significant portion of our time. If we didn’t have to respond to so much of that need within the community, we would have significantly more time to deal with the most urgent issues.”
Clunis says they are working with the WRHA and the provincial government to find a solution.
He says we’ll hear about some of the progress being made later this summer.