By Sarah Klein
The province is investing $420,000 in the Winnipeg Police Service for new specialized equipment and training.
The funding comes from the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund, which is money recovered from criminal activities and forfeited to the province.
“Criminal investigations require increasingly specialized tools and expertise,” said Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan. “The criminal property forfeiture grant program continues to ensure police officers have the necessary resources to investigate crimes and better serve the community.”
Cash will be used to purchase equipment for surveillance operations, a trailer to be used for community outreach projects and to provide on-site services to victims after critical incidents, a robot used to detonate suspected explosives, and camera equipment and other tools used to track and record evidence.
Police will also get software and hardware used in forensic computer investigations, and train officers in new and emerging evidence-gathering processes.