Ontario Investing $600,000 to Help in Local Fight Against Crime
Proceeds of Crime to be reinvested to support community safety in York Region
York Region — On August 6, 2020, the Ontario Government announced an investment of more than $6 million over the next three years to help combat crime and build safer communities in Ontario.
The Proceeds of Crime Front-line Policing (POC-FLP) Grant repurposes funds forfeited during criminal prosecutions and helps local police fight gun and gang crime, human trafficking and sexual violence.
“By cutting off the resources of these crooks and redirecting that money to our brave men and women in uniform, we will ensure our police can keep our streets safe and put violent criminals behind bars where they belong,” said Premier Ford. “Thanks to the relentless work of police forces across the province, we’re able to deliver $6 million more to help combat the most heinous crimes, including gun and gang violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking,”
This year, $600,000 of this provincial investment will be provided to the York Regional Police (YRP) in collaboration with community partners to implement Project Uriel and Project Infantry.
Project Uriel will modernize how youth at risk of being recruited into human trafficking are reported to YRP, develop a crime prevention model based on social development, and provide resources to address immediate needs of victims of human trafficking. This project will also help fund YRP proactive intelligence gathering initiatives related to the sex trade and support the organization of an interdisciplinary conference focused on human trafficking investigations and supports needed by human trafficking survivors.
Project Infantry will help identify and examine the significant increase of gun and gang violence by working with integrated and multi–sectoral partnerships.
“York Regional Police is grateful to the province for recognizing that partnerships and collaboration are the only way to solve the complicated issues of human trafficking and violent crime,” said York Regional Police Chief Jim MacSween. “We must continue to use the experience and expertise of our partners if we want to succeed and this funding will go a long way to assist us in combatting these issues. We are thankful for that and we are very much looking forward to starting this essential work.”
“Crime should not pay and that is why we are standing up against criminals who prey on Ontario communities for profit,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. “We are working with law-enforcement and their community partners to protect the people of Ontario through this investment to ramp up the fight against guns and gangs, human trafficking and sexual violence.”
“I’m proud that our government is investing $600,000 in the York Regional Police and community partners to combat human trafficking and get guns and gangs off our streets,” said Christine Elliott, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “Projects like these will help keep families here in York Region safe.”
“Nothing is more important than the safety and security of Ontarians, and I'm proud of the government's $6–million investment in the fight against guns, gangs, and human trafficking in our province. $600,000 of these funds, forfeited during criminal prosecutions, will go directly to the York Regional Police and local partners to make York Region's streets even safer. Our message is clear: we will NEVER tolerate criminal activity in our communities,” said Michael Parsa, MPP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.
“Public safety is our top priority and we are committed to providing front-line police with the additional tools, resources, and supports to keep our communities safe,” said Stephen Lecce, MPP for King-Vaughan. “This investment will help the YRP and community partners implement Project Infantry and Uriel, which will target the most heinous crimes that puts our communities at risk, including gung and gang violence, human trafficking and sexual violence. We are extremely grateful for everything the YRP does to keep our streets safe.”
“The disruption of organized crime, specifically gang activity, by law enforcement, reduces the ability of these gangs to prey on or recruit the most vulnerable members of our society,” said Caroline Mulroney, MPP for York-Simcoe.
"Since I first tabled my Private Member's Bill to curb organized crime involvement in the towing industry, gang-related violence has escalated. The Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing Grant will help ensure York Regional Police can keep our streets and highways safe from gun & gang violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence & harassment," said Thornhill MPP Gila Martow.
“This investment represents our ongoing commitment to our brave men and women in uniform to help keep our streets safe. These funds will enhance the ability of our police forces to combat gun and gang violence, sexual violence and human trafficking and help protect the most vulnerable people in our communities,” said Logan Kanapathi, MPP for Markham-Thornhill.
"Nobody in our community should ever have to live in fear of guns and gang violence," said Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge. "The health and safety of every Ontarian will always be our government's top priority. That's why we are equipping the dedicated women and men of the York Regional Police with the necessary resources they need to stop these brazen and indiscriminate acts of violence from taking place in our community, and to directly support those who have been affected by these horrible crimes."
"Our government's investment in our police and community partners is an important step in our fight against gang violence and human trafficking. We will continue to do all that we can to keep York Region and Ontario residents safe," said Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville
- The investment will be made over a three-year period from 2020-21 to 2022-23.
- To receive funding, police services that applied had to partner with at least two community organizations from different sectors to encourage multi-sectoral collaboration.