The Province is providing the Hanover Police Service with $67,000 over the next three years to enhance their new Community Trail and Downtown Safety Initiative.
It's all part of the Ontario Government's local priorities funding program.
Chief Chris Knoll says the grant dollars will provide additional resources enhancing police presence in community parks, trails as well as the downtown core.
Along with increasing police presence, Knoll says the funding will allow police to engage even more with community safety partners that provide services and support to community members that experience mental health issues, addiction, poverty, homelessness and family violence.
This Summer the Hanover Police kicked off its Community Trail and Downtown Safety initiative.
This was born out of public concern and a desire for an increased police presence along the trails, in the parks and the downtown core.
The new initiative included the introduction of a police bike patrol as well as a heavier emphasis police foot patrols in the downtown.
Knoll is hailing the Community Trail and Downtown Safety initiative as a success that residents not only feel safer, but they are safer with the enhanced police presence.
Thanks to the 67 thousand dollars in Provincial grant dollars, Knoll says the funding will help sustain the Community Trail and Downtown Safety program for at least the next three years.
In a press release the Solicitor General Sylvia Jones stated â€œOur police services and their partners know best what they need to combat crime in their communities. The investment they are making today will help deploy additional frontline officers and take action where and when it is needed most.