May 12, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The federal government is providing $8.8 million to help the provincial government fight organized crime; attract recruits to municipal / regional policing; and implement a unit to enforce upcoming safer communities and neighbourhoods legislation, Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran made the announcement today.
The funding will come from the Police Officer Recruitment Fund, which was created through a federal government initiative to help provinces and territories improve their front-line policing throughout the country.
"Our policing partners do an excellent job of helping New Brunswickers be safe, and we are pleased that this funding will be directed to these projects," Foran said. "Our department already invests in crime reduction efforts through various avenues, and these additional initiatives will help us to get tougher on crime and attract and retain police recruits."
The funding will be allocated to three projects over the next four years:
Fighting organized crime ($6.2 million): will support a proposal by the New Brunswick Association of Chiefs of Police to invest more money to fight organized crime through the improvement of regional integrated intelligence units.
Attracting new police recruits ($240,000): will establish a police cadet graduate bursary to attract recruits for municipal and regional police forces. This should provide 20 bursaries per year, valued at $3,000 each, for the next four years.
Creating safer communities and neighbourhoods: the remaining $2.36 million will be used for the establishment of the safer communities and neighbourhoods enforcement unit. This unit, which will eventually comprise five civil enforcement officers, will follow up on confidential complaints from the public to target and shut down properties where criminal activity is taking place. The unit will work in close co-operation with police forces, and it will significantly reduce the efforts made by police forces to respond to recurring calls at property locations.
"In consultation with our partners, we are targeting the areas where the funding will be the most effective," Foran said. "It will help us to continue to build a safer New Brunswick, and contribute to our goal of self-sufficiency."
The Department of Public Safety conducted a thorough consultation with the policing community through its strategic policing advisory committee, which includes representatives from the Department of Local Government, the Office of the Attorney General, municipalities, police forces and police associations.
MEDIA CONTACT: Daniel Lessard, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-3425.