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New Winnipeg police chief says comments on prayer to fight crime misconstrued

New Winnipeg police chief says comments on prayer to fight crime misconstrued
October 24, 2012 - 1:03 PM

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg's new police chief says his comments on prayer have been taken the wrong way.

Devon Clunis (deh-VAHN' KLOO'-nihs) says he would never try to force prayer on anyone or suggest that police officers make it part of their job.

Clunis has been criticized for telling a Christian newspaper that prayer could help reduce crime in Winnipeg.

Clunis says he was addressing a specific community, the same way he would tell athletes that sports can help young people.

Clunis says he doesn't regret making the comments and stands by them.

He is a longtime police officer and chaplain and officially takes over as chief in December.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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