Police Report | Sep 20, 2021

September 13 – September 19

The following are some of the files that were opened with the Winkler Police Service during this time period. September 15 – At approximately 12:15 a.m., police were dispatched to the report of a male passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle parked at a local store. Upon arrival,...

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Have You Been the Victim of a Scam?

Announcements | August 8, 2021

There are many different types of scams and frauds that people can fall victim to, so it is important to keep yourself informed about the current and newest scams circulating in and around our area. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud and have lost money, please...

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September 13 – September 19

Police Report | September 20, 2021

The following are some of the files that were opened with the Winkler Police Service during this time period. September 15 – At approximately 12:15 a.m., police were dispatched to the report of a male passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle parked at a local store. Upon arrival,...

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August 30 – September 12

Police Report | September 13, 2021

The following are some of the files that were opened with the Winkler Police Service during this time period. August 30 – A male reported that his teenage son fell victim to a social media scam and sent a large sum of money in the form of iTunes gift cards...

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Letter from Chief Ryan Hunt Regarding our Community and Covid-19:Someone needs to stand up for this community as we are being driven increasingly further apart. This problem has seemingly become magnified over the last few weeks. As the Chief of Police, I try to stay neutral but I think the situation has escalated to the point where I cannot stay silent any longer.Something has to change. The anger and resentment that we are seeing in our community are unacceptable. We are better than this. This great community did not become great by acting the way we currently are. We are allowed to have different opinions but we should not let them divide us. I am seeing anger towards store staff who are only trying to do their job reminding customers to wear masks; anger towards business owners who are trying to follow the health orders; anger towards businesses that are not following the health orders; anger towards people who are vaccinated and towards those who are not vaccinated; and anger towards enforcement personnel, whether it be Winkler Police officers or Public Health officials, who are doing their jobs. Our individual rights do not trump the rights of store owners.To get mad at the young staff members is just…well it’s just ridiculous. I don’t think that is what Jesus would do. Our rights here in Canada can in fact be limited – it is written right into the first section of the Charter. The government can certainly impose restrictions on us – it is foolish to believe that there could never be a circumstance where the government could not restrict what we do. That doesn’t even make sense, of course, they can – desperate times call for desperate measures. We already live with laws that restrict what we can do. Covid restrictions are intended to protect not punish. For those of you that decide to go about life as usual and not follow the health orders, you are taking the risk of receiving a ticket. If you do receive a ticket do not be surprised and do not get angry – that is a consequence of the risk you took. You were well aware of the consequences when you made your decision not to follow the health order. Accept the ticket, you always have the option of contesting the ticket in court – that is your right. It is concerning to realize that drug traffickers and career criminals are more respectful to law enforcement than people who decide not to wear a mask.This pandemic is real – whether you believe it or not. Our generation has seen more opportunity, peace, and prosperity than many of the generations before us. We have become accustomed to the freedom we have had during these peaceful times. However, that time is not now and some of us don’t want to accept it – some of us are neglecting our new responsibilities under these adverse conditions. We have become an entitled society that cannot handle the fact that we do not currently have the same freedoms we have become accustomed to. There’s a local social media group that claims to be stopping the division by making Winkler a place where everyone can decide what they want to do – “freedom of choice” they say without considering those who are affected by their non-compliance. That group, or maybe more specifically the spokesperson for that group, is only adding to the division. Referring to people as “ignorant” on social media or driving around town with a life-size stuffed toy sheep wearing a mask in the passenger seat does not help to bring the community together. I assume the intent of this display is to classify those who wear masks and obey the health orders as sheep or followers. How does that bring us closer together?Furthermore, the idea that is being promoted within this group to gather people together and confront enforcement officials while they check compliance or issue tickets is misguided and does nothing to bring our community together. There is a large segment of the population that wants to follow the health orders and expect others to follow them as well. There are businesses doing the right thing and following the health orders. It would not be fair to those who comply to not enforce these restrictions. This idea to confront enforcement officials is completely ridiculous. I know they say they want to be peaceful and passive in their response but I do not believe that is their intent. If they are going to be peaceful and passive then it will have no effect on enforcement and therefore, I suspect they will not stop there. If they try to hinder enforcement officials in any way – even just by restricting their movement - those involved would still be arrested for obstructing a peace officer. If they touch or threaten enforcement officials, they will be arrested for assaulting a peace officer. I would advise against taking part in this activity and I would also point out to the person suggesting this that they themselves could be arrested for counselling to commit a crime. Anyone choosing to participate will be held accountable for their actions and will be required to justify their actions in criminal court. Overall, the animosity in this community that has emerged during this pandemic has been crippling to our integrity. The best way to get past this difficult time is to follow the Public Health Order. I am vaccinated and I encourage everyone to be so that we can get through this sooner than later. I also realize that taking the vaccine is a decision not to be taken lightly and therefore I will not villainize those who hold a different opinion. Chief Ryan Hunt ... See MoreSee Less
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Wanted

If you have information about the location of any of the following people, contact the Winkler Police at 204 325-0829.

Anatoli Beckstedt

Year of birth: 1985

Wanted for: Disobey Court Order, Breach Probation

Brooklyn Klassen

Year of birth: 1998

Wanted for: Assault with a Weapon, Aggravated Assault

Carl Penner

Year of birth: 1992

Wanted for: Breach Recognizance

Carmen Rajic

Year of birth: 1973

Wanted for: Theft Under $5000

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