$5.85 Million for Regina Policing Initiatives
The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is providing $4.95 million through the Municipal Police Grants program for 40 Regina Police Service positions in 2020-2021. This is an increase of $90,000 from last year.
“This funding reinforces our government’s commitment to ensuring communities are safe and police are supported,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said. “We are proud to support the Regina Police Service and the work it does to keep citizens safe.”
The funding for Regina supports the renewal of the Police and Crisis Team (PACT), which comprises police officers and mental health workers who provide an integrated and coordinated response to persons experiencing mental health crises in the community.
Funding also supports the Integrated Crime Reduction teams, which gathers intelligence on street gangs and gang associates, and the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) program, which is dedicated to the investigation of child exploitation.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance is also providing $900,000 for five positions as part of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative. This brings the total of the Regina Police Service Funding Agreement to $5.85 million for 45 police positions in 2020-21.
“The Municipal Police Grant helps fund some of the most important community policing efforts in place at the Regina Police Service,” Regina Mayor Michael Fougere said. “This continued support helps to reduce victimization in our community and improve public safety, which is always one of our residents’ top priorities.”
“The Province of Saskatchewan's municipal police grant is a welcome ongoing commitment toward community safety,” Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said. “This investment ensures the continued focus on numerous crime pressures and compliments our vision of working together to keep Regina safe.”
The Ministry of Corrections and Policing provides funds to police services across Saskatchewan through the Municipal Police Grants program to support 129 municipal police positions and targeted policing initiatives.