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Winnipeg Police Receive $365K from Seized Criminal Property

July 12, 2013 1:02 PM | News

By Sarah Klein

Winnipeg Police CrestFunds from seized criminal property in the province have enabled Winnipeg police to buy specialized equipment and fund additional training.

The WPS will receive more than $365,000 to purchase two cargo vans to transport offenders and officers, surveillance equipment, an automated licence-plate reader, safety equipment for medical personnel and other specialized tools. The funds will also be used to provide officers with specialized training in areas such as emergency planning, fraud and child sexual abuse investigations.

“The criminal landscape continues to change and we are pleased to provide law enforcement with the resources they need to update equipment and skills,” Justice Minister Andrew Swan said. “We’re taking money out criminal activity and putting it to work fighting crime.”

More than $1 million in grants will be distributed across the province this summer through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Unit.