Corrections and Policing, through the Ministry of Justice, contributed $330,000 to the City of Yorkton to continue funding for three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers. These officers work on a number of community-based policing initiatives to help reduce crime and victimization.
“The Royal Canadian Mounted Police play a critical role in strengthening Yorkton,” Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit said on behalf of Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell. “With this targeted funding, we will continue to build innovative and sustainable policing and provide safer communities for our people to call home.”
These annual grants, continue to build on the partnership between government and provincial police leaders by aligning resources to support shared priorities, such as: the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (organized crime), the Internet Child Exploitation Unit, the Building Partnerships to Reduce Crime initiative, the Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program, Enhanced Investigations, and the recently announced Dedicated Traffic Safety Enforcement Units in central and southeast Saskatchewan. The Saskatoon Police Service and the RCMP will be the first to pilot the Dedicated Traffic Safety Enforcement Units.
“We thank the Ministry of Justice for funding the three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers,” Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney said. “It allows us to have enhanced community-based policing initiatives that significantly exceed what we as a city would be able to provide if the funding were not available. One of the objectives in our strategic plan is to have a safe community and the focus of these positions aligns with and assists in maintaining that strategic objective.”
In 2014-15, municipal grants were increased by $5,000 per officer to offset rising police costs. This funding is continuing government’s commitment to fund 120 new police officer positions across the province.