WINNIPEG, MB: An independent assessment has confirmed that the members of the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) are facing serious morale challenges.
The WPS Mental Health and Wellness Survey – a joint effort supported by the Winnipeg Police Association (WPA), the Winnipeg Police Senior Officers Association (WPSOA) and the Executive of the WPS – was commissioned this past spring. Independent experts reviewed the responses and have prepared a summary report which highlights a number of serious challenges impacting the workplace of WPS members.
The survey process was designed by Dr. Lisa Kitt and Dr. Nathalie Gagnon, two highly qualified academic researchers. The response rate was very strong at 75%, and the key findings of the report have been presented to the WPS Executive, the leadership of the WPSOA and the WPA. A briefing has also been provided to the members of the Winnipeg Police Board.
“At the time we announced this survey, we felt the WPS was facing a severe morale crisis, and with the benefit of this independent report, we can see these concerns have been validated,” said WPA President Maurice Sabourin. “There is a serious leadership vacuum at the top of the WPS. There are growing morale challenges facing our members and serious workplace issues throughout the service. Certainly, the COVID-19 pandemic is a mitigating factor, but it is clear the roots of these problems go back five years or more.”
The summary report notes that WPS members are feeling micromanaged, unsupported by leadership and not cared about. Low staffing levels, particularly in the General Patrol, are a serious concern, as are promotion and transfer processes. These factors, together with the challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic and the broader political climate, are all contributing to an organizational culture within the WPS that the report describes as “toxic.”
“These are serious problems and it is clear that without prompt and decisive action, they will only get worse,” said Sabourin. “These issues can only be tackled if we work together. For our part, the WPA is committed to working constructively with the WPS Executive in order to see changes made. We are hopeful, in turn, the WPS Executive will accept the findings of the report, and work with us to overcome these challenges.”
The WPA is proud to introduce the WPA 50/50 Raffle in support of the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. Buy your tickets online at http://wpa5050.ca for your chance to win half of a minimum guaranteed $50,000 POT! The pot will continue to grow after the $50,000 in ticket sales has been surpassed. The draw is July 1, 2021.
WINNIPEG, MB: Respecting provincial health guidelines, the 2021 Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad (MRFD) format will again be RIDE ALONE TOGETHER. Registered riders are asked to collect pledge donations to fight prostate cancer in Manitoba and ‘Ride Alone Together’ on the days and routes of your choosing from May 1 to October 2, 2021.
The WPA and the WPS are extremely excited and relieved to announce that the Province of Manitoba has included Police officers in the list of eligibility for vaccination priority. In the Winnipeg town hall meeting on vaccination April 15, 2021, Minister Stefanson made the announcement. The WPA would like to thank Minister Stefanson and Dr. Reimer for their efforts in making Police Officers a priority.
Maurice (Moe) Sabourin
Winnipeg Police Association
The Winnipeg Police Association proudly salutes all 911 operators and public safety communicators who work tirelessly to ensure police and first responders are mobilized efficiently and effectively 24 hours a day.
WINNIPEG, MB: Beginning August 21, 2020 Manitobans were asked to ‘Ride Alone Together’ in support of the 12th Annual TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad (MRFD).
Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba (CHFM) Champion Child Brady Bobrowich, and CEO, Stefano Grande, accepts a $45,000 cheque from Winnipeg Police Association president Moe Sabourin (second right) – proceeds from the 2019 WPA Charity Ball. On hand for the presentation was Brady’s sister Brooke (left), mom Corinne and father Brad (right). This brings the total raised from North America’s longest running Policeman’s Ball to $695,000.
WINNIPEG, MB: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad (MRFD), originally scheduled for May 30, has been moved to Saturday, October 3. "The health and safety of Riders, volunteers and sponsors is our first priority," said Kirk Van Alstyne, Co-Chair, MRFD. "We are hopeful the current necessity of social distancing will be a distant memory by Fall. This is our 12th Ride for Dad in Manitoba and we know once we defeat this virus our pledge donors and supporters will come through to fight prostate cancer as they have done year after year."
WINNIPEG, MB: Maurice (Moe) Sabourin, President, Winnipeg Police Association (WPA), is pleased to announce proceeds from the 2019 WPA Charity Ball totalling $45,000 has been donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba (CHFM). Joining Sabourin for the cheque presentation today were, George Van Mackelbergh, Vice-President, WPA and Stefano Grande, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.
WINNIPEG, MB: The arbitrator hearing the Winnipeg Police Association’s (WPA) grievance against the City of Winnipeg regarding Mayor Bowman’s plan to unilaterally cut pension benefits has just issued a decision upholding our position, faulting the political leadership of the City, and awarding the WPA $40,000 in damages, as well as an additional $400 in damages to each of our members.