November 23, 2018

Estevan Receives $510,000 for Policing Initiatives

The Government of Saskatchewan is helping to keep communities and families in Estevan safe through the Municipal Police Grants.

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing’s contribution of $330,000 will fund three existing Estevan Police Service positions in 2018-19.  This includes funding for a position with the Serious/Organized Crime Task Force, which responds to gang activity and organized criminal groups.

“This investment helps ensure that resources are deployed to meet the government’s priority of keeping communities safe,” Estevan MLA and Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said on behalf of Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell.

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing provides funds to urban police services across the province to support 128 municipal police positions and policing initiatives.

In Estevan, this also includes the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan division.  The traffic unit is a combined unit between Estevan, Weyburn and the RCMP and covers southeast Saskatchewan.  The unit works to improve safety on the highways through increased awareness and enforcement of traffic regulations.

“We appreciate the good work of the ministry and its continued support for the Estevan Police Service, with the Municipal Police Grant allocation for 2018-19,” Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig said.  “This funding allows us to do the necessary work within our community for our citizens, to ensure their safety and well-being.  Thank you again for your financial support.”

“The Estevan Police Service appreciates the ongoing support provided by the provincial government through Municipal Police Grants,” Estevan Police Service Chief Paul Ladoucer said.  “These funds directly support and enhance drug and intelligence, traffic enforcement, and major crime investigative capabilities in our community.  This funding continues to enhance community safety and reduce crime within Estevan.”

Saskatchewan Government Insurance has also provided $180,000 for a police officer as part of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative.  This brings the total of the Estevan Police Service Funding Agreement to $510,000 for 2018-19.