Weyburn Receives $400,000 for Policing Initiatives
The Government of Saskatchewan is helping to keep communities and families in Weyburn safe through the Municipal Police Grants.
The Ministry of Corrections and Policing’s contribution of $220,000 will fund two existing Weyburn 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.
“These grants are important to help local authorities tackle crime and make our communities safer, which is a priority for our government,” Environment Minister and Weyburn-Big Muddy MLA Dustin Duncan 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.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance has also provided $180,000 to Weyburn for a police officer as part of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative. The unit works to improve safety on the highways through increased awareness and enforcement of traffic regulations. This brings the total of the Weyburn Police Service Funding Agreement to $400,000 for 2018-19.
“This financial support reinforces the provincial government’s commitment to ensuring our communities are safe and helps support the outstanding efforts of the Weyburn Police Service,” Weyburn Mayor Marcel Roy said. “As mayor of the City of Weyburn, I welcome this positive initiative.”
“These funded officers increase our capacity to respond to the needs of the community and surrounding area, increasing the safety for everyone,” Weyburn Police Service Chief of Police Marlo Pritchard said. “In these challenging economic times, this funding is crucial for us to maintain the level of service expected by our citizens.”