The Government of Saskatchewan has stated they are providing more than $755,000 to police agencies and the Victims’ Fund from the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund. The funds will support the purchase of new policing tools, and delivery of community programming and victims services.
Over $366,000 of this will be provided to Saskatchewan police forces. In accordance with legislation, a matching amount will be deposited from the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund into the Victims’ Fund.
An additional $21,000 of this year’s funding will be distributed to the File Hills Board of Police Commissioners for community engagement and programming.
The funding will be used to provide for the following:
- A camera system to support the establishment of the Regina Police Service’s Aerial Support Unit.
- An Advance Acquisition Lab to conduct digital forensics, unlock, and examine encrypted mobile devices (Saskatoon Police Service).
- A canine pup and associated training and equipment for the Weyburn Police Service.
Funds will also be distributed to the File Hills Board of Police Commissioners to purchase police fitness and wellness equipment that will be used in schools and community centres to give youth an opportunity to get to know and engage with local police officers.
Officials stated that to date approximately $6.3 million in forfeited funds has been distributed to police operations, the Victims’ Fund, and community operations to date.