Wednesday April 23, 2014


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Estevan receives funding for policing


The Estevan Police Service will receive $315,000 in targeted funding from the provincial government for three police officers.

Two of the officers will be new, said Estevan MLA Doreen Eagles, and the third officer is already with the local force.

"They are assigned to targeted enforcement programs, to provide the police service … with the capacity to respond to the needs of the community," said Eagles.

As the population grows, the amount of crime also increases, Eagles said, and the new officers will assist with crime suppression and pro-active policing measures.

The provincial government announced the funding for Estevan and other communities on December 9. A total of $13.6 million will be doled out to further policing initiatives.

This funding is part of a total commitment of more than $14.7 million for targeted policing initiatives, aboriginal policing and recruitment, police and community boards and the Saskatchewan and Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Police.

Funding through the targeted police initiatives supports police-based efforts for the intervention of at-risk populations, and to reduce crime and victimizations.

Police officers conduct comprehensive investigations and work on a number of proactive, community-based policing initiatives.

Moose Jaw, Meadow Lake, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Weyburn and Yorkton also received support from the government.

Funding for targeted police initiatives has increased by 118 per cent since 2007-08. These grants support 125 officers in communities across the province.



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