I slightly misinterpreted a statement from Winnipeg police Staff Sgt. Kelly Dennison in this article.
I originally wrote the following sentence:
“Dennison went on to explain that because the city and province share the cadet program’s costs, the police force has to deploy them in the location the city and province agreed on: the downtown.”
The Free Press has changed the sentence in the web version to read:
“Dennison went on to explain that because the city and province share the cadet program’s costs, the police force only has the authority to deploy them in certain places.”
Dennison has since told me the police do not have to ask permission from government when they decide where they allocate resources, which is a fair point.
This is kind of beating a dead horse now, but since I just noticed people discussed this point on twitter a fair bit after my article was published, I wanted to fix that sentence and acknowledge my mistake.
I also understand Dennison might have mispoken, so in a way I’m reluctant to even bring up this point again. But I think it’s important to see Dennison’s statement in its entirety, word for word, so here it is: