The city of Yorkton has received $330,000 through the Municipal Police Grants.
The money will be used to fund 3 existing RCMP positions in 2017-18 and Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney says it’s very good news.
“It certainly is good news,” Maloney said.” When you look at our police blotter, there’s a lot of activity. Increasingly drugs has become an issue in our region and funding from the province is always appreciated and it goes a long way in making Yorkton a safe community for our residents.”
Maloney says this type of funding is crucial for a city this size, adding services can be provided to areas outside of Yorkton.
“Our guys are doing a great job in keeping the community safe,” Maloney said. “I know we’ve had a few issues in the past couple of weeks, with warrant executions and an escaped prisoner. A lot of work to be done in keeping our community and our streets safe.”
Yorkton’s population is at about 16,500 people. Maloney says he money will fund three existing officers in the municipal detachment, who Maloney says are dedicated to specific target-programs.
“Mainly for GIS (geographic information systems) and investigative services,” Maloney said. “Again, police tell me investigating drugs and drug activity is becoming a bigger part of what they do. And of course, those drugs also link to crimes in the city.”
Municipal Police Grant funding supports 128 municipal police positions and policing initiatives in communities across Saskatchewan.
Key priorities are address like sexual exploitation through the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit. As well, Special Enforcement Units combat organized crime and gang activity.
Moose Jaw Police Service also received $330,000 for targetted policing initiatives.
(with files from GJGX)