Winnipeg police are making some major changes to the way they investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).
Police said on Friday that they will no longer have dedicated investigators assigned to Project Devote — a task force reviewing MMIWG cases involving exploited people.
Instead, the Winnipeg Police Service will be consolidating resources from the homicide, counter-exploitation, missing persons and internet child exploitation units. Those officers will continue to liaise with Manitoba RCMP investigators working on Project Devote cases, according to the force.
Police have also added a dedicated family liaison position to help investigators communicate with families and communities affected by MMIWG.
Officers plan to work closely with the city’s Indigenous community through the Winnipeg Outreach Network, an organization with representation from multiple grassroots groups providing services to Indigenous people.
This news follows a previous realignment in November of last year when Winnipeg police officers with Project Devote were reassigned to the homicide unit due to a backlog of murder investigations.
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