The Downtown BIZ helps to create a safe, positive atmosphere downtown through strong programs like the Downtown Watch.
Call us for a SafeWalk! 958-SAFE (7233) 8:00am to Midnight, Monday – Sunday (subject to change) We’re happy to walk you to and from your car or bus stop. Just ask!
Easily recognized in red and black, Downtown Watch Ambassadors have been walking the streets seven days a week, year round, during the day and evening since 1995. This goodwill team patrols downtown, offering directions, tourist info, first aid (CPR-certified), and assistance wherever needed. They also participate in community events and act as additional “eyes and ears” for the Winnipeg Police Service.
Ambassadors do not make arrests or carry weapons, but have been trained in non-confrontational mediation techniques. Equipped with two-way radios, the Downtown Watch ambassadors can quickly report any criminal activity to the Winnipeg Police Service.
Currently, there are 25 Watch Ambassadors and over 290 volunteers making a difference in downtown Winnipeg. In the summer, Ambassadors patrol the neighbourhood on bicycles, responding to calls with increased speed.
The Downtown Watch are about more than safety – they’re also ambassadors of downtown and experts on what’s going on in the heart of Winnipeg! Looking for directions? Info on local events? Ask a Watch Ambassador!