Ontario Provincial Police Grants
Ontario Provincial Police detachments across the province are receiving grants totalling $473,991 for a variety of projects that will help the victims of unlawful activity and help prevent further victimization.
The funding is coming from money forfeited as the proceeds and instruments of unlawful activity under provincial civil forfeiture law and will support the Ontario Provincial Police in many ways:
- OPP Asset Forfeiture Unit ($140,885) - for outreach and province-wide training to educate officers on asset forfeiture and organized crime. The funds will also be used to update and redesign the Intake Report Database System, which will increase efficiency and productivity for case and asset tracking and result in more cases being considered for civil forfeiture proceedings.
- OPP Crime Prevention ($124,400) - for the training of approximately 100 Community Services Officers to support the implementation of programs designed to reduce break and enters and property theft from homes, cottages, businesses and automobiles. The funds will also go toward training and booklets for an outreach program to educate at-risk youth in areas where there are gang issues and the Safe-Aware-Secure educational program for seniors to raise awareness about abuse, fraud and theft related to our senior population.
- OPP Elgin County ($23,793) - to purchase a Crime Prevention and Mobile Command Post Trailer that will function as a mobile command centre for officers engaged in crime detection. It will also be used to display crime prevention messages at community events.
- OPP Essex County ($25,500) - to purchase equipment and fund training to help the Women Helping Women Break the Cycle of Violence program, which provides safety and support to victims of domestic violence. The grant will fund the purchase of personal alarms for safety, and video and voice recorders to help survivors of domestic violence share their experience and knowledge with other victims.
- OPP Grenville ($6,600) - to purchase IT equipment for the Release Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Program. The program will help to ensure offenders comply with their release conditions in the community by improving officers' ability to monitor them and charge them if they violate their conditions.
- OPP Grey County ($87,691) - to help create the first "soft" interview room available in OPP Grey County detachments, complete with up-to-date videotaping and computer equipment. The new equipment will allow for a more comfortable environment so that victims and witnesses can feel at ease while being interviewed.
- OPP Lambton County ($31,300) - to purchase personal alarms and equipment to help address the serious and under-reported crime of elder abuse, through a program partnered with Lambton County Victim Services.
- OPP Quinte West Detachment ($22,476) - to purchase a closed-circuit television system that will be placed in high crime areas in the urban core to deter property crimes and assist in criminal investigations.
- OPP Russell County ($11,345) - to purchase computers and equipment to assist the Elder Abuse Financial Loss Protection and Prevention Program and create bilingual materials to help create awareness about financial losses incurred by seniors. This initiative will include the creation of a seniors' committee and will target seniors, their families, co-workers and institution employees.