BIZ and Impark Team Up With Two Patrol Cars


BIZ and Impark team up with two patrol cars
The Downtown BIZ is going mobile.
By: Sean Ledwich
Metro News Winnipeg

Winnipeg’s Downtown Business Improvement Zone and parking-lot operator Impark have teamed up to put BIZ workers into two mobile patrol vehicles.

“Today we are announcing our inaugural watch mobile patrol, whereby two of our existing ambassadors will now become mobile,” BIZ executive director Stefano Grande told media in front of the organization’s Portage Avenue offices Wednesday.

The patrol cars, provided by Impark, will operate in the downtown area from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and focus on high-traffic events and securing parking lots and parkades from
property crime.

“While downtown crime represents only about five to seven per cent of all the crime that occurs in the city … and crime continues to decrease in the downtown, we also recognize that crime does happen and the perception of safety continues to be a challenge,” Grande said.

BIZ vice-chair Dave Stone said the downtown area will also be patrolled by 15 to 20 watch and outreach ambassadors, in conjunction with the vehicles.

“The downtown streets and sidewalks are patrolled 24 hours, 7 days a week,” said Stone.

Sgt. Andy Golebioski of the Winnipeg Police Service was on hand and praised the mobile move.
“We have been provided with just one more tangible example of how our collective interests (create) a safer downtown for all of our residents and visitors now and into the future,” Golebioski said.

According to BIZ, 13.5-million people visit downtown arts and entertainment venues each year.