Strengthening the Fight Against Crime in Elgin-Middlesex-LondonPublished on January 27, 2021
ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON — The Ontario government is providing police services across the province with additional tools and resources to combat crime and keep communities safe by investing approximately $2.8 million over two years through the Community Safety and Policing Grant (CSP) program. Of this new investment, over $300,000 will be provided to local police services.
Local allocations are as follows:
- Aylmer Police Service - $191,692.00 over 2 years
Improving Police Support for Victims/Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Training and Equipment
- London Police Service - $118,351.36 over 2 years
Guns and Gangs - Intervention Through Enforcement
"Our police services and their partners play a key role in maintaining public safety. They know what it takes to combat crime and hold offenders accountable," said Jeff Yurek, MPP. "This important investment will help ensure our frontline heroes continue to take action where, and when, it’s needed to keep us all safe.”
Initiatives receiving funding under the provincial priorities stream of the CSP grant program this year include:
- Education and awareness campaigns targeting the public and youth about gun and gang violence, substance abuse, and human trafficking;
- Enhanced training for police officers so they are better equipped to handle sexual violence and harassment investigations, identify signs of human trafficking and interact with victims of human trafficking;
- Crime prevention initiatives for at-risk youth and other vulnerable groups;
- Specialized units that provide a comprehensive, survivor-centered approach to address human trafficking;
- Support services for survivors of sexual violence and harassment;
- Intelligence gathering and sharing, which could include surveillance of organized crime, covert operations, and social media monitoring of gang activity;
- Intervention and diversion strategies focused on youth and young adults who are at risk of entering gangs, as well as exit strategies for victims of human trafficking; and
- Equipment purchases that support policing operations and activities such as enhanced software/technology and/or new vehicles.
“Gun and gang violence and other serious crimes are not limited to large urban centres. Smaller and rural communities across the province are also impacted,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “That is why our government continues to provide police services with the tools and resources they need to fight and prevent crime and hold criminals accountable.”
“The approval of the Provincial Grant will allow us to expand our services, training and education in support of the victims of domestic and sexual abuse and take a more holistic approach in our service delivery by engaging and working closely with the larger community and our officers,” said Aylmer Police Chief Zvonko Horvat. “This is yet another example of excellent support and partnership at all levels of government that will greatly enhance the services and assist those who are most vulnerable in our community.”
This investment is in addition to the $195 million the province is already providing through the local and provincial priorities funding streams of the CSP grant program over three years. It also builds on the province’s $112 million Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy as well as its new comprehensive strategy to combat human trafficking.