Proceeds of Crime Front-line Policing Grants
The Proceeds of Crime Front-line Policing Grant is supported with funds forfeited to the province following criminal prosecutions after being seized as proceeds of crime. These funds are made available to police services through a system of grants to fund local community safety and well-being initiatives.
This year, Ontario is providing nearly $2 million to 23 projects across the province:
Amherstburg Police Service
Mental Health Support Team
The Mental Health Support Team will be a multi-faceted unit that will assist with mental health needs in the community and within the police service. A full-time mental health support officer and critical incident trained platoon officers will respond to and follow-up on cases involving mental health crises to provide support and assistance to individuals and their families.
Brockville Police Service
Joining Forces: A Collaborative Community Policing Initiative in Eastern Ontario
The Brockville Police Service, Smiths Falls Police Service and Gananoque Police Service will join forces to better respond to addiction and mental health issues, poverty and at-risk youth in these communities. This will be achieved through increased outreach, training and better use of contemporary technology.
Durham Regional Police Service
Durham Connect Phase III
Durham will build on the progress of its multi-sector community safety and well-being action teams by mobilizing agency leaders at the regional level to begin implementing data-driven solutions to systemic problems, align services, develop capacity, improve the public sector and engage in collaborative planning.
Espanola Police Service
Espanola Situation Table
The Espanola Situation Table will bring together police and relevant community service providers to address complex situations facing individuals, families or groups at an elevated risk of harm. In the longer term, this project will develop and implement local community safety initiatives and well-being plans to address crime, victimization and complex social and health issues on a sustainable basis.
Greater Sudbury Police Service
This project will focus on improving responses to calls for vulnerable adults and children who wander due to factors related to Alzheimer's, autism, and other conditions or disorders. The improved service delivery model will provide a coordinated, collaborative approach to searching for high-risk missing persons, including the use of new technology.
Greater Sudbury Police Service
Greater Sudbury Police Service, in collaboration with project partners, will work to improve outcomes for youth in residential facilities by building relationships. This will include training and team building activities for partner agencies as well as proactive relationship building with youth living in group homes.
Guelph Police Service
Improving Mental Health Response Efficiency and Effectiveness Through Community Collaboration
This project will use an application-based mental health screening tool to efficiently and effectively share information about a person experiencing a mental health crisis between the project partners - the Guelph Police Service, the Guelph General Hospital, and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Halton Regional Police Service
Community Safety and Well-being: From Concept to Reality
This next phase of Halton Regional Police Service's project will focus on a communication and educational strategy to help move this community safety and well-being plan from a framework towards reality through outreach within the community, local government leaders, and partnered service providers. Multi-sector engagement sessions and a symposium will promote the initiative and focus on internal and external awareness, as well as securing buy-in and commitment to the plan.
Hamilton Police Service
Youth At Risk Development (YARD) Hamilton - Enhancement Project
The YARD program is a comprehensive, research-based and integrated approach that focusses on locally identified risk factors facing young people aged 12 to 24 in Hamilton. YARD Hamilton provides service and program delivery in community mobilization, gang reduction coordination, prevention, intervention, suppression, and re-entry into the community. YARD Hamilton will identify an approach that will integrate the Hamilton Police Service into the programming model and will include strong partnerships with local school boards and the City of Hamilton.
London Police Service
Creating a Trauma-Informed Community Based Response: Addressing the Needs of Trafficked Individuals & Persons At-Risk
This project will provide advanced-level training on human trafficking and complex trauma to police, justice and community partners in the London area. A focus group composed of the executive directors and senior administrators of community partners will be created to address existing systemic barriers which hinder rapid and effective support of trafficked individuals.
Niagara Regional Police Service
"PORTal" will develop a Situation Table for the City of Port Colborne, which will bring together community agencies to help individuals and families facing an acutely elevated risk of harm. Through collaborative intervention strategies, these community agencies will work together to lower the risk of harm before an emergency crisis situation develops.
OPP Brant County Detachment
Enhanced Brant OPP Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT)
This initiative will enhance the Brant OPP MCRRT, which is a rapid intervention model that mitigates high-risk situations and also supports preventative programs to reduce common ongoing risks within the community. The Brant OPP will enhance their relationships with community partners in this multi-agency collaboration to improve responses to those experiencing a mental health crisis. The strategy will leverage the expertise, training, experience, and resources provided by local community agencies to improve the OPP officers' ability to respond, assess, triage and refer individuals experiencing mental health crises.
Kenora Youth Crisis and Outreach Team
The Youth Crisis and Outreach Team will bring together the OPP and the Mental Health and Addictions Program at Kenora Chiefs Advisory to provide crisis response services for youth ages 12 to 24 years old.
Ottawa Police Service
HealthIM - Improving Collaborative Mental Health Crisis Response Through Technology
The Ottawa Police Service will help implement a new system, HealthIM, in collaboration with local hospitals and community organizations. The HealthIM system leverages existing police hardware and a clinically proven software solution to minimize the length of calls and significantly improve reporting accuracy. The end result is less time spent by officers in hospital emergency departments and a higher quality of care for mental health patients.
Peterborough Police Services
Peterborough Regional Overdose Preparedness
The project will provide education and support to three target groups: individuals, service providers and pharmacists. It will expand on existing initiatives in Peterborough while leveraging multi-sector expertise and experience to increase the capacity of organizations to meet current demands for accurate information and accessible resources.
Sault Ste. Marie Police Service
Resident Leadership Training Program
The Resident Leadership Training Program is a multi-sector, asset-based community development project to address crime prevention through social development. Part of the program will engage local residents to participate in leadership training which will develop and deliver long-term, sustainable social and recreational initiatives in the community. Additionally, project partners will work with local employers, not-for-profits and educational institutions to connect resident leaders seeking employment or educational upgrading to suitable opportunities at the end of the training program.
South Simcoe Police Service
South Simcoe Community Safety & Well-Being Strategy
This project will bring together key members in the Town of Innisfil, the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and Simcoe County to develop a collaborative community safety and well-being strategy. The South Simcoe Police Service will take the lead to bring together these key community partners from all sectors to build a strategy that proactively addresses the root causes of the risks impacting these communities.
St. Thomas Police Service
Project Targeted Response and Police (TRAP)
Project TRAP will bring together the St. Thomas Police Service, Aylmer Police Service, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital to provide a mobile response to people suffering from mental health and addictions crises. It will allow for a qualified CMHA crisis worker, along with patrol officers, to respond together to calls of this nature. As well, Project TRAP will provide a CMHA worker for the officers of both police services to liaise with the newly formed Peer to Peer Support Team in order to assist in identifying matters that may contribute to post-traumatic stress disorder or otherwise adversely affect the mental health of the St. Thomas Police Service staff.
Thunder Bay Police Service
North West Community Mobilization Network Project
The North West Community Mobilization Network is a pilot project that will put into practice a community mobilization model in northwestern Ontario. The goal of the project is to improve community safety and well-being, strengthen community capacity by using existing community assets to respond, and provide immediate, coordinated and integrated wraparound services to support individuals or families who find themselves at acutely elevated risk of harm. The network is comprised of three levels: Situation Tables, a North West Centre of Responsibility and a North West Executive Centre of Responsibility.
Toronto Police Service
Multi-Sectoral Gang Exit Strategy
The Multi-Sectoral Gang Exit Strategy aims to create a centralized hub within the Greater Toronto Area to be used as a system to connect identified gang members who wish to exit gangs safely, and identified at-risk persons who may join gangs, with resources both internally and externally to aid and assist them in addressing their individual risk factors. The goal is to reduce gang membership, reduce gang related violent crimes, and prevent people from re-entering the criminal justice system.
Treaty Three Police Service
Project Green Light
Project Green Light will build on the Green Light Strategy to provide people who require urgent assistance due to violence a place to go for immediate safety and help until police arrive, incorporating Anishinaabe culture and the Treaty Three Police Service vision.
Pharmacy Safety Initiative
The Pharmacy Safety Initiative is a multi-partnered approach that applies unique methodologies to directly confront crime and emerging safety issues around neighbourhood pharmacies. The multi-partnered approach will involve all local police services in Windsor and Essex County along with local OPP detachments, working together with the Essex County Pharmacists Association to make neighbourhood pharmacies safer. The approach is crime prevention centred, using a wide array of new and proven techniques and strategies that are specifically designed to address the unique crime and disorder patterns associated with pharmacies.
York Regional Police
Project Gabriel will bring together multiple community partners to further understand and identify those who are most vulnerable to being trafficked, developing a sustainable housing and resource model for those exiting sex trafficking, and targeting those who are consumers of trafficked victims. The project will be accomplished in three phases to develop and execute local community safety strategies and protocols.