The Brandon Police Service is receiving $130,000 from Manitoba Justice’s Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund to purchase new equipment.
“These significant investments will enhance public safety in Brandon and the surrounding regions by equipping police with the tools they need to stay safe and do their jobs more effectively,” said Justice Minister Cliff Cullen.
The funds include:
• more than $86,000 for a new SkyRanger drone to be used for traffic accident and crime scene investigations, search and rescue, mass disaster scenes, high-speed pursuits and tactical surveillance during high-risk incidents;
• more than $20,000 for three night-vision goggles to assist drug investigators with surveillance in low-light conditions;
• more than $18,000 for 12 gas masks to enable the Tactical Response Unit to safely clear areas during high-risk calls after a chemical munition deployment; and
• $8,000 for the Youth Cadet Program to purchase sporting equipment and uniforms.
Cullen says Brandon is also receiving $8,000 for the Crime Stoppers program, which will be used for promotional materials and rewards.