Ontario Investing in Community Safety in Elgin-Middlesex-LondonPublished on December 19, 2019
ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON —The Ontario government announced that it is providing police services across the province with the resources they need to combat crime and keep communities safe by investing $195 million through the new Community Safety and Policing (CSP) Grant over the next three years.
Of this significant investment, $1,500,417 over three years will help St. Thomas Police Service:
- Collaborate with several community agencies to better support survivors of human trafficking as they go through the investigative process
- Provide ongoing training to enhance frontline officers’ knowledge and abilities in supporting survivors of human trafficking, add a new Street Crimes police officer
- Provide the necessary resources to maintain the position of Technological Crimes Investigator and help develop a social media awareness campaign to encourage the public to be an active police partner on the issue of human trafficking
Other CSP allocations in the region:
- The Aylmer Police Service receiving $67,500
- The Elgin Group Police Services Board $303,750
- London Police Service $5,743,568.67
“This support will play a crucial role in strengthening community safety in Elgin-Middlesex-London and surrounding area,” said MPP Jeff Yurek.
"Our government is addressing the concerns of our community,” said MPP Yurek. “That’s why we believe in putting resources directly into the hands of police services, as they are the experts in maintaining public safety and our primary partners in keeping Ontario communities safe.”
The CSP Grant provides police services with the necessary tools and resources to enable deployment of frontline officers where and when they are needed most, as well as support police services as they implement public safety and community policing initiatives that focus on local or provincial priorities.
“This funding success is a credit to our staff who put a lot of time into writing grant proposals, especially when they are all busy with other responsibilities. We appreciate the support of MPP Jeff Yurek and the provincial government for recognizing our funding requirements so we can obtain the necessary resources and develop programs to address the increasing demands being faced by police staff on a daily basis. Policing has changed significantly and we need the backing of our political leaders to meet these new challenges head on to enhance the well-being of our communities.” – Chief Chris Herridge, St. Thomas Police Service
- Police services will be required to report annually on the outcomes of initiatives, such as an increase in support for front-line officers and/or an increase in community safety and well-being, for both the local and provincial priorities funding streams of the CSP grant program.
- The CSP Grants build on the $105.4 million both the provincial and federal governments have invested to date to combat gun and gang violence across the province through the Ontario Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy.
- Learn more about the government’s actions to boost local efforts to stop gun violence and prevent violence before it starts provincewide