The city wants your feedback on Winnipegs street lights – CTV News

The city wants your feedback on Winnipegs street lights - CTV News
Harvard University to take a shot at reducing Winnipeg police calls for service
The City of Winnipeg is asking residents to provide them with feedback on the citys street lighting system.

On Monday, the city launched a survey to determine how its street lights are performing as part of a city-wide study into the efficiency and value of its system

The survey, which is available online, runs until Nov. 29, with the goal of determining how Winnipeg’s street lights are performing and whether there are problems in any specific areas of town.

New survey looking for opinions on Winnipegs street lighting

The city wants to know whether any areas in particular are under or over-serviced, and what Winnipeggers priorities are in terms of lighting.

The city said, the objective is to see how Winnipeg stacks up against other major Canadian cities. It wants to know what standards other cities utilize to determine what kind of street lighting levels are appropriate.

The results will be combined with a technical analysis in a report, which will be provided to council and made available to the public online.

The city said results of the survey will be combined with technical data and analysis in a report which will be presented to council and available online.

The Winnipeg Police Service is going through a rapid reorganization that will see stations close to the public temporarily, officers pulled from a joint task force, and traffic enforcement reduced as police cope with a spike in violent and property crime.

Mayor Brian Bowman hopes the intellectual firepower of one of the most prestigious universities in the world can help reduce the number of calls for service responded to by Winnipeg police.

The City of Winnipeg and Bowman were selected earlier in 2019 to participate in the year-long Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a professional development program for municipal leaders around the world.

Bowman then pitched a specific project that allows the city of Winnipeg further access to Harvard's faculty, students and other resources at its Kennedy School and business programs.

The effort to reduce calls for service to the Winnipeg Police Service through improved collaboration was accepted by the program a month ago.

Winnipeg police received more than 600,000 calls for service in 2018, and between one-half and two-thirds of the calls to which officers were dispatched were in response to issues that were not criminal, the city says.

The project with Harvard will gather key stakeholders, analyze data and try to find ways to respond better to the calls and ease the strain on police resources.

Bowman said as many 30 different groups and agencies, including the Winnipeg police and fire services, the union representing officers, health and mental health care providers and other stakeholders will be invited by Harvard to participate.

"If we can reduce the demands on non-core policing dispatched calls, we are all going to benefit as a community, so the question becomes, how do you do that? And that's where Harvard's resources are being tapped," Bowman said Thursday.

The university and Bloomberg Philanthropies underwrite most of the cost of the work and the city will provide "nominal resources" to support the effort, he said.

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