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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Provincial Grants for Shoreline Police Services

Saugeen Shores/Kincardine | by Megan Johnson  

Saugeen Shores Police Services Board has been awarded $146, 250 and Kincardine (South Bruce OPP) will receive $165,800

Local Police Services were the recipients of the newly established Community Safety and Policing (CSP) Grant from the Ontario Government. 

The Saugeen Shores Police Services Board has been awarded $146, 250 over the next three years to help combat crime and Kincardine (South Bruce OPP) will receive $165,800. 

The Kincardine grant includes $87,050 over three years for provincial priorities focusing on fighting human trafficking and $78,750 over three years for local priorities.

The CSP Grant takes over for the Police Modernizations Grant.

Saugeen Shores Police Chief Mike Bellai says they received the funding through the local priorities funding stream.

"We used to get around the $65,000 dollar mark but over the years it has declined a little bit and now we're at $48,750,(until 2022) so that certainly helps," says the Police Chief.

He adds the funds go towards an addition officer on the force. 

"We off-set the wage of the drug officer that we added to our Drug Unit, it's not just specifically for enforcement...but they also get involved in awareness and education through a number of strategies."

The strategies focus on Human Trafficking, Opioid and Cannabis.

"Drug offences have increased quite a bit, drug overdoses have increased...residual crime directly related to drug misuse including violent crime increased; so we need to do something about that," he says.
 
In total the Ontario Government is investing $195 million to police services across the Province over the next three years. 

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