MPP Rickford Announces $300,000to Help Local Fight Against Crime

Published on August 07, 2020

Proceeds of Crime to be reinvested to support community safety in Kenora–Rainy River

KENORA  On August 6, 2020, the Ontario Government announced an investment of more than $6 million over the next three years to help combat crime and build safer communities in Ontario.

 The Proceeds of Crime Front-line Policing (POC-FLP) Grant repurposes funds forfeited during criminal prosecutions and helps local police fight gun and gang crime, human trafficking and sexual violence.

 “By cutting off the resources of these crooks and redirecting that money to our brave men and women in uniform, we will ensure our police can keep our streets safe and put violent criminals behind bars where they belong,” said Premier Ford. “Thanks to the relentless work of police forces across the province, we’re able to deliver $6 million more to help combat the most heinous crimes, including gun and gang violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking,”

 This year, $300,000 of this provincial investment will be provided to the Treaty Three Police Service in collaboration with community partners to implement the Spirit of Hope. This local initiative will take a strengths-based, and trauma-informed approach in combating sexual violence, harassment, and human trafficking.

 “To promote public safety and fight crime in Kenora–Rainy River, we are providing our frontline police and community partners with the tools they need to do their jobs,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River. “Any time we have the opportunity to take away the resources criminals use to commit a crime, we should seize it, and with this grant program, that’s exactly what we are doing.”

 “Crime should not pay and that is why we are standing up against criminals who prey on Ontario communities for profit,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. “We are working with law-enforcement and their community partners to protect the people of Ontario through this investment to ramp up the fight against guns and gangs, human trafficking and sexual violence.”

 This investment builds on Ontario’s province-wide strategy to fight gun and gang violence as well as its new comprehensive strategy to combat human trafficking.

 Quick Facts

·         The investment will be made over a three-year period from 2020-21 to 2022-23.

·         To receive funding, police services that applied had to partner with at least two community organizations from different sectors to encourage multi-sectoral collaboration.