| Sgt. Don Moore
||Don After Retirement
Don Moore's Early Life
Don Moore was born on 08 June 1955.
Don lived his early years growing up in a military
environment with his Mom and Dad and Brother. He lived in Chalk River Ontario, CFB Soest (Germany), CFB Picton Ontario, CFB Petawawa Ontario, and finally Winnipeg Manitoba.
He graduated from high school in 1972 and worked at several jobs until
he decided to join the Winnipeg Police Department in 1979.
Winnipeg Police Department - Murders,
Shootings, Assaults, & Robberies
Things were different back then. The day
that I was “sworn” into the police department, I was
assigned to walk the infamous beat known as the “drag.” This
was downtown Winnipeg between Main Street and Higgins
Avenue. No training, no weapons, just myself and another
young officer wearing a uniform. My world changed that
afternoon. Each shift was seven and then eight shifts in a
row. There were stabbings, robberies, assaults, and complete
barroom brawls on the drag.
On my first night shift, I
discovered the most brutal murder of a night watchman in one
of the seedy hotels on the drag. I also walked in on a knife
fight in another hotel, just as one combatant was pulling a
paring knife out of the other’s stomach.
After 2 months of walking the drag, I
went to the police academy. Upon graduation, I was fully
trained and I was assigned to uniform general patrol in St.
James, District 2. Working a cruiser car enhanced my
experiences. Daily doses of thefts, assaults, robberies, and
domestics were the norm.
One afternoon, my partner and I received
a call about a woman with a shotgun in a residential area of
St. James. Upon our arrival, a blast took out the front
quarter panel to the cruiser. A woman had a pump action
shotgun and began shooting at our police car. I was stuck
behind the right quarter panel for what seemed like hours
until she was found by other members back inside her house.
She was deemed “insane” at trial.
St. James Major Crime Detective & Patrol
In 1986 I was assigned to the detective
unit in St. James. I now was assigned to follow up on all
criminal reports that were committed in district 2.
In 1987, I was transferred to the
Detective Major Crime Unit out of the main police station on
Princess St. Although I was assigned to the Property Crime
Unit, this unit worked/assisted on all major crime including
In 1989, I was transferred back to
uniform to downtown, Division 11. I was assigned to work
general patrol, however I was assigned to work “the garbage”
unit which was a plain clothes unit, which worked undercover
with the general patrol units. This unit did follow up
investigations that the uniformed members couldn’t do.
In 1990, I was promoted to Patrol
Sergeant. I was assigned to the Child Abuse unit as a
Detective Sergeant for only three weeks when I was assigned
to the Winnipeg Police Academy as a recruit and Senior
Member In-service instructor. During that time, I was a Use
of Force/Officer Safety Instructor.
Detective Sergeant - Child Abuse Unit
In 1995, I was transferred back to the
Child Abuse Unit as a Detective Sergeant. This was a tough
but rewarding unit to work in as it brought great
satisfaction to bringing accused persons to trial that had
abused children. As Canadian law does not have a “statute of
limitations” I also investigated historical sexual abuse
cases in which adults came forward with complaints of sexual
abuse cases from when they were children. As a result, I had
the opportunities to travel across Canada and the United
States investigating these types of offences.
Detective Sergeant - Major Sex Crimes Unit
In 1999, I was transferred to the Major
Sex Crimes Unit as a Detective Sergeant. This was a new unit
that was solely responsible for investigating sexually
related offences against adult persons.
In 2001, I was promoted to Sergeant. I
was assigned to command an eighteen plus man/woman uniformed
shift in the city’s North End. (District 3). The North End
was indeed a “war zone.” Many street gangs originated from
the North End, and every shift was busy. Stabbings,
shootings, assaults were the norm. Every night, the holding
rooms were overflowing with prisoners handcuffed to every
object that could be found. I felt sorry for the cleaners
who had to come in every morning to mop up the gore on the
walls and floors.
In 2005, I was transferred to St. James
(Dist 2) as the Officer in Charge of the District Two Crime
Unit. (Detectives). Once again, this unit investigated all
criminal offences with the exception of homicides.
Retirement - Winnipeg Police Service
Vietnam War Interest
My interest in the Vietnam War started as a
teenager in the late 60’s and early 70’s. I grew up in a
military environment. Although the Canadian Government remained
neutral during the Vietnam War, the Canadian Army was willing
and prepared to go and join their American Allies.
I am proud to be an Associate Member of the
Canadian Vietnam Veterans Association, as well as an Associate
Member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 374 North
“I wasn’t there, but I still care.”
It is an honour to have you as a member of the Canadian
Vietnam Veterans Association. You chose to Serve and Protect all
Canadians as a Police Officer and we thank you for your honourable
and distinguished service to our country. May you enjoy a peaceful
retirement, without fear of being gunned down while on duty!
CVVA Executives & Members
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