Manitoba using proceeds of crime to fund community programs

By | July 24, 2020

WINNIPEG — The province has announced it will be using nearly $160,000 from proceeds of crime to support community crime prevention programs.

On Friday, the province announced it will be using money from the Federal Proceeds of Crime Fund (FPOC) to help the community-based initiatives.

“The Manitoba government is taking money made through illegal activity and re-investing it in community-based crime prevention programs that support public safety,” Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen said in a news release.

Cullen said the Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) will be receiving a $110,000 grant, which will be used to buy safety items including high visibility vests. The crime prevention initiative has volunteers help deter crime by “serving as additional eyes and ears for their communities and local law enforcement,” the province said.

“This funding will allow us to support communities who want to have this program in place, by supplying vital patrol equipment, training resources, and community crime prevention signage,” Detlef Hindemith, chairperson for Manitoba Citizens on Patrol Program, said in the news release.

Hindemith said there are 55 COPP groups, with more than 500 members.

Crime Stoppers will also be receiving $48,000.

The province said Winnipeg Crime Stoppers will be receiving $25,000 and Brandon Crime Stoppers will receive $11,000 which will be used for youth programming, advertising, and incentives for tipsters.

“As we are a non-profit, volunteer-based program, we greatly appreciate the relationship we have with the province and are thankful for the funding provided,” Rick Thomson, chair of the Brandon Crime Stoppers, said in a news release.

“This funding allows us to be more visible in the community and to provide information to various school programs. We believe any tip is a good tip and keeping the community safe is our goal.”

The FPOC fund uses forfeited proceeds of crime through the prosecution of federal offences in Manitoba.

Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen is in Brandon and is expected to provide comment on the announcement. CTV News will update this story.

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