Through the Ministry of Justice, Corrections and Policing contributed $220,000 to the City of Weyburn to continue funding for two police officers.
These officers conduct comprehensive investigations and work on a number of community-based policing initiatives to help reduce crime and victimization.
"Community safety is vital to the quality of life for Weyburn citizens and all Saskatchewan people," Health Minister and Weyburn-Big Muddy MLA Dustin Duncan said on behalf of Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell. "Through this funding, the Government of Saskatchewan is demonstrating its commitment to work together with our policing partners to target specific community needs for the reduction of crime."
These annual grants, continue to build on the partnership between government and provincial police leaders by aligning resources to support shared priorities, such as: the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (organized crime), the Internet Child Exploitation Unit, the Building Partnerships to Reduce Crime initiative, the Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program, Enhanced Investigations, and the recently announced Dedicated Traffic Safety Enforcement Units in central and southeast Saskatchewan. The Saskatoon Police Service and the RCMP will be the first to pilot the Dedicated Traffic Safety Enforcement Units.
"This annual funding continues to assist the Weyburn Police Service in providing resources," Weyburn Police Chief Marlo Pritchard said. "These resources enhance our efforts in reducing crime and increasing public safety in the Weyburn area."
In 2014-15, municipal grants were increased by $5,000 per officer to offset rising police costs. This funding is continuing government's commitment to fund 120 new police officer positions across the province.
The City of Estevan received $330,000 for funding three police officers.