Corrections and Policing, through the Ministry of Justice, has contributed $300,000 to the City of Moose Jaw for three police officers who will conduct comprehensive investigations and work on a number of community based policing initiatives in order to help in reducing crime.
“The Government of Saskatchewan strongly supports Moose Jaw’s focus on sustainable community solutions to crime, violence and victimization,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said on Monday, during the announcement at Moose Jaw Police Service. “Saskatchewan is experiencing a reduction in crime rates thanks to initiatives like these.”
Moose Jaw Police Service will use the funding for enhanced community policing programs and for the organized/serious crimes task force unit.
“This funding allows the Moose Jaw Police Service to proactively focus on community safety concerns, rather than default to reactionary service delivery,” Moose Jaw Chief of Police Dale Larson said. “We are extremely grateful for the annual funding our our police service receives from the Government of Saskatchewan.”
“In 2011, Saskatchewan’s crime rate dropped by three per cent, and our youth crime rate is four per cent lower than it was ten years ago,” Tell said.
“Today is a great opportunity for us to highlight the good work of those working on the targeted police initiatives,” MLA Warren Michelson said regarding the government funding. “The target police initiatives are special units of investigators supported by police crime analysis, trained specifically in special areas.”
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