Police Officers at Double Homicide Scene – Photo JGJ

The Police Insider is an independent news source designed to provide readers with an “inside” look at law enforcement, crime & justice issues and breaking news stories in the violent crime and murder capital of Canada.

Managing Editor, James G Jewell, comes to The Police Insider with over twenty-six (26) years experience in law enforcement (1987 – 2013) that includes working over eighteen (18) years as a plainclothes Detective.  Investigative assignments included terms in Undercover Narcotics, Break & Enter Squad, Robbery Squad, Organized Crime Unit, Major Crimes Unit and the Homicide Unit, where he worked on over two-hundred (200) murder cases.

Police Insider Putting Cuffs on Gunman – Wpg Sun

In 2011, Jewell completed his second year as WPS Homicide Unit Supervisor when he came into conflict with upper Police Management after challenging a transfer policy that would force two (2) dedicated investigators out of the Unit.

That challenge resulted in a blindside transfer to a desk job in a Uniform Patrol Division.  Never one to shy away from a fight, Jewell filed a grievance against the WPS alleging the transfer was punitive in purpose or effect.  He subsequently won a public Labour Arbitration Hearing that was extremely critical of high ranking members of the Police Service.

After “officially” retiring from the Police Service in 2013, Jewell plunged into the world of journalism and became an avid blogger (The Power of Words – 2012) and a frequent contributor to the Winnipeg Free Press.  The Police Insider has been a frequent guest on local radio, news and television programs.

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  1. Hi James,

    Defin is! you were right about Garrett, he had so much potential in football, I first met Joel when I was in grade 8. Smart kid, always had something to prove which I think ultimately was his downfall. Devin was a hilarious and easy going kid. When I read article here, I can tell you are very familiar with their demeanor and mannerisms.

    Thanks again.

  2. James G Jewell


    Interesting cast of characters isn’t it…

    I appreciate the message and support.

    Thank you for reading…

  3. Hi James,

    I came across your website when I googled some of my ex friends and classmates. I knew the early years of Garrett Gamble, Daniel Anderson, Joel Geddes, Devin Hall and I can imagine others as well. I appreciate the detail and point of view you share. I worked both in Forensic Psychology (FPS) and corrections, so seeing the process from the beginning of when the crime is committed is something I have not experienced. please keep it up!

  4. James G Jewell


    I can’t speak to the training 911 callers receive regarding how they manage these calls, its just not my area of expertise.

    I can tell you we dont really have “stand your ground” laws in Canada.

    We are all bound by the limitations of the Criminal Code of Canada where Citizens Powers of Arrest and the Defense of Property are articulated.

    Use of force is generally deemed justified if it is determined to have been reasonable and appropriate (necessary) under the circumstances.

    (There are subjective and objective standards applied to assess the use of force.)

    In order to justify the use of deadly force, a person must believe it is necessary to prevent loss of life or a prevent a person from suffering grievous bodily harm. (Definition of grievous bodily harm is found in the Criminal Code of Canada.)

    It’s important to emphasize ALL of the circumstances surrounding the use of force will be examined and analyzed to arrive at a conclusion regarding the appropriateness of the use of force.

    These issues are never black and white and always come with varying shades of grey.

    Hope that helps…

    Appreciate your question…

  5. Darrell Horn

    There is so much we don’t know about this that other than being horrified and wishing all compassion to the victim’s family, I realize it’s too early to speak directly to the details of the case.

    I would be interested however to hear your take James on ‘stand your ground’ law in Canada and how one should attempt to divine in the moment, the level of threat an intruder in your home actually presents, before it’s too late. I would also be interested to know how 911 call centre personnel are trained regarding shepherding callers through situations where violence is a perceived but as of yet unrealized threat. Thanks.

  6. James G Jewell

    Any chance you could tell me who or what it is you are talking about?

  7. I’m here in a Chinese massage one year later. V Dongguan province.

    Half a world away you should know I wanted to save his life. I tried, but was only left to watch him bleed onto the road.

    I feared for my safety, otherwise. One year later, half a world away, i wish I had the opportunity to save his life.

    Reality is he died while I watched. I’m sorry.

  8. James G Jewell


    I don’t believe there was a 16-year-old boy killed in Winnipeg in 2015…

    Did this homicide happen outside of the City?

    Do you have a name of the victim?

    I can look into it for you…

  9. Just wondering why there has been absolutely zero coverage of the 16 year old boy that was murdered in February of 2015.

  10. James G Jewell


    As always, I very much appreciate you comments.

    I wish more people could be as rational and respectful in their contemplation of issues that impact our society.

  11. Whither Justice

    I don’t know why people keep looking for justice from the legal system.

    There is no justice to be had.

    Justice is in the ether. It’s an existential concept and an aspiration at best. We have a legal system, not a justice system. It’s a system of laws we have and any justice will, like beauty, be entirely subjective and realized only in the eye of the beholder that the adjudication at hand has favoured. All we can hope for is a fair and balanced application of the laws. If the laws are insufficient, then we have a system of government to change them, and centuries of jurisprudence to inform us.

    The bar to lay charges, criminal court procedures, rules of evidence, jury constitution and the ultimate burden of proof required for conviction are all dictums that issue forth from Blackstone’s Ratio (English jurist William Blackstone in the seminal work, Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in the 1760s)

    “All presumptive evidence of felony should be admitted cautiously; for the law holds it better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent party suffer.”

    The history of wrongful convictions under our laws, in this country, should be ample to persuade us why this needs to be so.

    In this case, Stanley was tried by a jury of his peers, and found not guilty. And how that jury was constructed was a result of Blackstone’s ’tilted table’ and the tool of peremptory challenge, which serves both the accuser and the accused.

    Politicians ought to approach any levelling of the table with the greatest trepidation, for it is only the system of laws, however flawed, and their rigorous application that stands between any one of us, on any given day, and the angry mob.

    It’s very, very hard to convict someone of murder, and it should be, it needs to be.

    Ask Steven Truscott, or David Milgaard.

    Darrell Horn

  12. Teresa Burnside

    What your wrote, for whatever it’s worth is so intimately genuine and truly inspiring in spite of the many very difficult situations you had to deal with. What you wrote is incredibly compassionate, honest and I believe needs to be shared with more people. Thank you for what you wrote. If you ever get this I hope you’re in a place of peace. The very best to you.

  13. With the announcement of the new police board appointments today, there was a lot of online chatter. Some of it I find truly disturbing. This is what I think. When I hear people condemning cops, as if they were all one evil species, I remember when I was younger, flying endless hours with them in the north, searching for the lost. I remember my dear friend Jim, risking his life diving deep in Lake Superior to recover a dead body and bring closure to a family. And doing it again and again. I remember a young cop, a guy as young as me attending a fatal car vs pedestrian accident I witnessed and how he swallowed deep and bent down to try and find a pulse on a woman so obviously dead and then how he turned to comfort me. I remember who we called when my daughter disappeared in a crowded mall and how they found her and how I felt when they returned her to my arms. I remember them at my door late at night with the news of sudden death and their compassion. I remember how they kept me safe from myself when I wanted to die even though I lashed out at them and how they took me for help, with kindness. And how they came to the hospital the next day just to see how I was doing. I think today of the only ones who stand without question or hesitation, day in and day out, between us and those that would do the ones I love harm. And how sometimes they die to keep us safe. And the other prices they pay in the course of that service. Please think about these things the next time you feel the urge to hate police. They’re not all bad, they’re not all good. They’re just people and they have a hell of a job to do.

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