Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Police Association Says Fentayl Putting Their Officers at Risk

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Police Association Says Fentayl Putting Their Officers at Risk

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Police association says officers at risk

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WINNIPEG - The president of the Winnipeg Police Association says fentanyl isn't just a risk to drug users, it's also a risk to first responders.

Maurice Sabourin says one Winnipeg police officer has already been accidentally exposed to the deadly drug "through absorption through the skin."

He says fentanyl is making their job more dangerous and complex, while putting time pressures on officers responding to calls.

Sabourin's comments came Tuesday after Mayor Brian Bowman announced details of the city's budget, which will include a budget for police services of $288 million -- a 1.3 per cent increase from last year.

Fire and paramedic services will get a four per cent increase to $199 million. …

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