Front-line Brandon police officers will be outfitted with new tactical equipment as the province invests $76,500 from the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund.
The funding, announced Wednesday in Brandon, builds on the $450,000 the Brandon Police Service has received from the fund since 2016.
“This money has been used to purchase equipment which may not have been a reality otherwise,” said Deputy BPS Chief Randy Lewis.
“This equipment has greatly added to the efficiency and the safety of Brandon Police Service officers in their never-ending efforts to protect the citizens of Brandon.”
Among the equipment being purchased are ballistic vests and helmets for members of the BPS tactical unit and tourniquets. The service is also receiving an additional $32,500 for other specialized tools including holsters with lights, portable lights and a generator for investigations, and surveillance equipment.
More than $1.4 million from the fund is being distributed to police agencies across Manitoba this year.
Proud to join @Min_Stefanson @reghelwer @LenIsleifson @BrandonPolice Deputy Chief Randy Lewis, and board chair Mark Frison today to announce $109K in funding for officer and public safety, including over $76,000 in new equipment for their Tactical Response Unit. #mbpoli pic.twitter.com/iH32eaocWr
— Cliff Cullen (@Min_CliffCullen) August 29, 2018