Video Features Project Devote, Families during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

May 30, 2016

News release

Project Devote is excited to be featured in a video highlighting the theme "the Power of Our Voices" to commemorate Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, taking place across Canada from May 29 to June 4, 2016.

The video was funded by Justice Canada as part of their online Sharing Our Stories initiative to help raise awareness about issues facing victims and survivors of crime and the services, programs, and laws in place to help them and their families.

The designated week is also about acknowledging the dedicated work of service providers who assist victims and survivors of crime and their families.

Project Devote is a provincial integrated task force of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Winnipeg Police Service focusing on missing and murdered exploited persons. Manitoba Justice has designated four prosecutors and a Family Liaison/Victim Services Worker to work with Project Devote.

The video highlights the work of Project Devote's Family Liaison and features interviews with victims' family members and investigators.

"Project Devote recognizes the need and importance of maintaining contact with family members," said RCMP Sgt. Rob Lasson, a Project Devote Team Commander. "Our full-time Family Liaison works with Project Devote to provide families with information, support services and referrals to community agencies that can help assist families whose loved ones have been murdered or are missing."

"Our team members are deeply committed to resolving each investigation," said Winnipeg Police Service Sgt. Shawn Pike, a Project Devote Team Commander. "Our main goal is to bring justice -- and some sense of comfort -- to the victims and their families."

To view the video, visit:

If you have information that can help with the investigations under the Project Devote mandate, call investigators on the Project Devote tipline at 1-888-673-3316. Valuable information could include previous contact or past knowledge of the victims, and could prove helpful to the investigation. If you want to remain anonymous, you can call Manitoba CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


Contact information

Cst. Jason Michalyshen
Project Devote Spokesperson
WPS Public Information Officer
(204) 986-3061

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