The Saskatchewan government has announced that it will provide more than $ 755,000 in funding to police agencies and the Criminal Property Seizure Fund Victim Fund.

Officials say the funds will support the purchase of new policing tools and delivery of community programming and victim services.

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“We are pleased to be able to seize this proceeds of crime and make better use of it,” Justice and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said in a statement.

“This funding will be used to provide Saskatchewan Police with the tools they need to keep our communities safe and to provide vital resources that support victims in our province.”

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Saskatchewan police forces will be given more than $ 366,000 and a corresponding amount will be deposited from the Criminal Property Seizure Fund into the Victim Fund.

Officials say the funding will be used to provide a camera system to support the establishment of the Regina Police Service’s Air Support Unit, an Advance Acquisition Lab to conduct digital forensic investigations, unlock and encrypt mobile devices for Saskatoon Police Service and a dog kennel. and associated training and equipment for the Weyburn Police Service.

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This funding will also include the File Hills Board of Police Commissioners to purchase police fitness and wellness equipment that will be used in schools and community centers to give youth an opportunity to get to know local police officers and engage with them.

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“The safety and well-being of our communities is a priority for Saskatchewan’s police services and we are grateful for the support of the Saskatchewan Government,” said Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Chiefs Vice President Troy Cooper.

“The much-needed funding through this program has provided an investment in innovative crime prevention, specialized equipment and even research.”

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Saskatchewan’s Civil Forfeiture Program seeks to forfeit property that is considered proceeds or an instrument of illegal activity.

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Officials said about $ 6.3 million in forfeited funds have been distributed to police operations, the Victims’ Fund and community activities to date.

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