WINNIPEG – Clearing up the perception of Winnipeg as dangerous will be a top task for whoever is chosen as our new police chief.
That process is still on schedule, according to police board chair Scott Gillingham.
“The board hired a third-party recruiter, People First HR, to do that work. And then the top candidates will be interviewed early- to mid-September.”
Gillingham wouldn’t say how many people have applied.
“Obviously, the most important decision and the key aspect of the board’s work right now will be an open competition to both candidates from within to candidates external to the Winnipeg Police Service.”
When it comes to the perception of Winnipeg as dangerous, though, University of Manitoba criminologist Rick Linden believes the next chief shouldn’t worry about it too much.
“Just focusing on getting the job done and making the community safer is what I would focus on if I were the next chief. One of the positive things out of the report was at least Winnipeggers didn’t think we were the highest anymore.”
The next chief will be sworn in in November.