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Rural Manitoba Police Forces Share in $95K for Crime Prevention

August 12, 2021 9:38 AM | News

Cameron Friesen

Manitoba Justice Minister Cameron Friesen (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski)

Police agencies in Altona, Winkler and Morden are receiving more than $95,000 from the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund to go towards crime prevention and safety initiatives.

Justice Minister Cameron Friesen made the announcement Thursday and said the Altona Police Service will receive more than $36,000.

The province is also providing $25,000 to support a comprehensive upgrade for Altona Youth for Christ to create a dedicated safe environment for at-risk youth to learn a valuable skillset.

“Since its inception into the community of Altona, the Altona Police Service has worked alongside our Youth for Christ,” said Chief Perry Batchelor, Altona Police Service.

“We are also very grateful for the funding announced regarding our generator back up power to our civic centre and police station. The 50-50 cost-share goes a long way in ensuring our staff safety, as well as public safety in the event of a power failure.”

The Morden Police Service is receiving more than $22,000 for an alcohol-approved screening device and to continue the operation of its existing K-9 unit. The current police service dog is nearing retirement, and a new police dog and handler will continue the unit. The Winkler Police Service is receiving more than $11,000 for two alcohol-approved screening devices and surveillance equipment.

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