The Saskatchewan government announced it will provide more than $755,000 in funding for law enforcement and the Victims Fund from the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund.
Officials say the funds will support the purchase of new police tools and the provision of community programs and victim services.
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“We are pleased to be able to put these confiscated crime proceeds to better use,” Attorney General Gordon Wyant said in a statement.
“These funds will be used to equip the Saskatchewan Police Department with the tools they need to keep our communities safe and provide critical resources supporting victims across our province.”
The Saskatchewan Police Force will receive over $366,000 and a matching amount will be paid into the Victims’ Fund by the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund.
Officials say the funds will be used to provide a camera system to help set up the Regina Police Service air support unit, an Advanced Acquisition Lab to perform digital forensics, unlock and examine encrypted mobile devices for the Saskatoon Police Service and a puppy and related training and equipment for the Weyburn Police Service.
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This funding will also include the File Hills Board of Police Commissioners to purchase police fitness and wellness equipment to be used in schools and community centers to give youth a chance to meet and connect with local police officers.
“The safety and well-being of our communities is a priority for the Saskatchewan Police Services and we are grateful to the Saskatchewan Government for their support,” said Vice President of the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police, Chief Troy Cooper.
“The much-needed funding through this program has led to an investment in innovative crime prevention, specialized equipment and even research.”
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Saskatchewan’s Civil Forfeiture Program seeks to forfeit property that is considered the proceeds or instrument of unlawful activity.
Officials said about $6.3 million in forfeited funds have been distributed to police operations, the victims’ fund and community operations so far.
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