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Andrew Swan, MLA Minto
May 19, 2017

National Police Week

Madame Speaker, this week is National Police Week, a time dedicated to recognizing the hard work that police officers do for us every day. I am proud to recognize and honour Manitoba’s police officers, and the service they provide to our communities.

National Police Week began in 1970 for the purpose of building strong and lasting relationships between police and the communities they serve. This relationship is important to our NDP caucus, as we continue to support Manitoba's police forces large and small. Police work is difficult and it can be dangerous. Our courageous officers put their lives on the line in order to help others, save lives, and create safer communities for us to live in.

Our officers also volunteer in and support the communities they serve, and we celebrate this commitment . The words “building relationships” may be on the sides of Winnipeg Police Service vehicles, but the actions of police across Manitoba reflect this goal as they work to reduce crime and victimization, in the effective and efficient services they provide, and in their community engagement efforts. Our officers continuously work towards a culture of safety for all.

We hold our police officers to a high standard, and those who serve and protect us tell us they wouldn’t have it any other way. We want the faces of our police officers to reflect the faces of our communities, and the RCMP “D” Division, Winnipeg Police Service, Brandon Police Service, Dakota Ojibway Police Service, and our other municipal police forces are committed to that goal.

I hope all members will recognize National Police Week the difficult and dangerous work carried out by members of their own local law enforcement agencies. This long weekend and every weekend, officers will be away from their families keeping our neighbourhoods, our roads, and our highways safe. I want to thank our police officers for their dedication and commitment to our province. We know that Manitoba is a better and safer place because of your service and we are proud of the work you do.