Helping Police Prevent Drug And Weapons Trafficking
Civil Forfeiture Funds To Support Chatham-Kent Police
The Chatham-Kent Police Service will purchase new equipment to help in its fight against drug and weapons trafficking as a result of a grant from the Attorney General's Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities program.
The service will receive a grant of $17,559 for a car, cameras and other surveillance equipment that are needed to track and prevent the movement of illegal drugs and weapons through the area.
The grant is from a program created under the Civil Remedies Act that allows money to be taken out of the hands of wrongdoers and used to support the prevention of crime and victimization.
- Since November 2003, $11 million in property has been forfeited to the Crown under provincial civil forfeiture law. An additional $39.6 million in property is frozen pending the completion of civil forfeiture proceedings.
- Civil forfeiture proceeds have funded approximately $1.2 million in compensation to victims of unlawful activity and $3.4 million in grants to law enforcement agencies.
“These funds are going directly to tools that will help police prevent drug and weapons trafficking in the Chatham-Kent area. We are taking whatever measures are necessary to keep families and communities safe.”
“We are very pleased to be receiving these funds under the Civil Remedies Act. It is very beneficial for us to be able to use these assets, which were seized because of illegal activities, in our local police service to assist us in apprehending more drug dealers and criminals, which will help make our community safer.”
Chief Dennis Poole
“The Civil Remedies Act takes funds out of the hands of criminals and provides police services like Chatham-Kent's with the tools they need to help make their communities safer.”