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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Justice Minister Andrew Swan addresses reporters at Winnipeg Police Services with Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis and Constable Jason Michalyshen
July 12, 2013
WINNIPEG POLICE SERVICE RECEIVES $356,000 FOR SPECIALIZED TRAINING, EQUIPMENT TO TACKLE CRIME: SWAN
Winnipeg police officers will be better able to serve the community, investigate incidents and support crime prevention with specialized equipment and training provided by a program that seizes criminal property and redirects funds back into law enforcement, Justice Minister Andrew Swan announced today.
“The criminal landscape continues to change and we are pleased to provide law enforcement with the resources they need to update equipment and skills,” said Swan. “We’re taking money out criminal activity and putting it to work fighting crime. Supporting the work of Winnipeg’s officers benefits law-abiding citizens and helps us build a safer community.”
The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) will receive over $356,000 to purchase two cargo vans to transport offenders and officers, surveillance equipment, an automated licence-plate reader, safety equipment for medical personnel and other specialized tools. The funds will also be used to provide officers with specialized training in areas such as emergency planning, fraud and child sexual abuse investigations.
“Organized crime, at its true core, is about money,” said Chief Devon Clunis, WPS. “Through this program, we’re able to take back these ill-gotten gains so that this money cannot be used to fund future crimes. At the same time, we’re using these funds to strengthen the efforts of police work, which goes a long way toward helping us creating a culture of safety for our community.”
In total, over $1 million in grants will be distributed across the province this summer through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Unit. Since 2010, over $5 million in assets have been successfully forfeited to Manitoba, Swan said. The money recovered is deposited into the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund and used, in part, to support the work of police and victim services. More forfeiture proceedings are in process, with over 200files currently being pursued involving numerous vehicles, houses, rural properties and cash, the minister said.
For more information about criminal property forfeitures, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/justice/safe/cpf/index.html.