By The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is promising another $10 million to curb crime and improve safety in downtown Winnipeg.
Some of the money is to be used for dozens of closed-circuit security cameras and more police vehicles, including non-motorized small vehicles that can go where cars cannot.
Recent statistics from the Winnipeg Police Service say crime last year was 17 per cent above the previous five-year average.
The Progressive Conservative government has been making a series of crime-fighting announcements in advance of the provincial election slated for October.
Premier Heather Stefanson says the government wants to defend police, not defund them.
Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew has rejected Tory accusations that he would cut funding to police.