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From the Winnipeg Free Press–The Winnipeg Police Service says a new project has triggered a sharp decrease in arrests among specific youths who were repeatedly involved in violent crime.

The ongoing Project Surge will attempt to secure social supports to set them on a different path.

The effort, which began March 7, was a response to an escalation in random acts of violence committed by young offenders.

“The results of the project are significant,” WPS Supt. Dave Dalal told a Winnipeg Police Board meeting Friday. “Our focused attention has resulted in a 50 per cent decrease in these youth being involved in violent crime since we started.”

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