Wednesday April 23, 2014

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Weyburn receives funding for targeted police initiatives

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Weyburn is among nine communities across the province to benefit from an investment of $13.6 million to continue targeted policing initiatives.

Weyburn received $210,000 in funding through the Targeted Police Initiatives supports police-based efforts to reduce crime, victimization and intervention of at-risk populations. Police officers conduct comprehensive investigations and work on a number of proactive, community-based policing initiatives in order to help reduce crime.

This funding is part of a total commitment of more than $14.7 million that supports targeted policing initiatives, aboriginal policing and recruitment, police and community boards and the Saskatchewan and Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Police.

"Our government is committed to funding targeted police initiatives across Saskatchewan," said Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell. "These additional resources are directed toward specific crime issues in those communities, resulting in a reduction in crime and ultimately safer communities."

The following communities received funding for 2013-14: Estevan: $315,000; Moose Jaw: $315,000; Meadow Lake: $735,000; North Battleford: $735,000; Prince Albert: $1,995,000; Regina: $4,410,000; Saskatoon: $4,590,000; and Yorkton: $315,000.

Funding for targeted police initiatives has increased by 118 per cent since 2007-08. These grants support 125 officers in communities across the province, exceeding the government's 2007 commitment to fund 120 new police officer positions.


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