The government of Saskatchewan has announced that they are contributing $330,000 towards policing initiatives for the Estevan Police Service and will fund three existing positions in the Estevan Police Service.
"We're very happy about that," shared Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig. "Anytime that we can get funding from the government to help us with our policing needs, it's much appreciated."
“We would like to thank the Ministry of Justice as well as the provincial government for their continued support of the Estevan Police Service with the Municipal Police Grant for 2017-18. These funds are needed and appreciated as this allows our police service to continue to give the exemplary service to our community that is expected.”
The money coming in through the Municipal Police Grants go towards improving safety through programs like the Enhanced Community Policing and Serious crimes units and the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan division.
“Community safety continues to be a top priority in our government,” Estevan MLA Lori Carr said on behalf of Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan. “I have had the opportunity to see first-hand what this support for targeted policing is doing in Estevan and area. Having these types of initiatives are very important for keeping our communities safe.”
Estevan Police Chief Paul Ladouceur also added his thoughts on the grant.
“We are appreciative of the provincial funding provided through the Municipal Police Grants to assist with increasing public safety within our community. These funds provide us with the capacity to enhance our ability to focus on areas such as traffic services, drugs and intelligence and major crime investigations. Without this funding, these services would not be available.”
The Saskatchewan Government is providing grants to 128 municipal police positions and policing initiatives.