The Manitoba Government has announced an investment of almost $350,000 to help the Winnipeg Police fight drugs. More than half of the funds will go to specialized resources and training to protect officers and the community.
“Police officers require specialized tools, resources and training to help reduce the risks associated with their jobs, especially the dangers of drugs such as methamphetamine,” said Minister Cliff Cullen. “These strategic investments help ensure Winnipeg police can adapt and respond to the needs of the community, while also supporting officer safety.”
The WPS will receive more than $38,000 to replace four self-contained breathing apparatuses used by officers working in the clandestine lab unit, who respond in high-risk situations involving large quantities of methamphetamine, fentanyl and other illicit drugs. They are responsible for identifying, seizing and safely disposing of these drugs, and their specialized skills and equipment help ensure the safety of other officers and the public.
Provincial funds will also purchase a hand-held narcotics and explosives detector, valued at approximately $22,000, to help officers immediately identify the presence of drugs and gunshot or explosive residue. Another $13,400 will be invested to provide specialized training to members of the WPS drug enforcement unit including sending:
“Illegal guns, gangs and the illicit drug trade continue to present unique investigative challenges for the Winnipeg Police Service,” said Max Waddell, Inspector, Winnipeg Police Service.” With the latest addition of innovative operational equipment and advanced training techniques, this will ensure that our police members achieve safe and successful outcomes.”
The funding for these resources is provided through the province’s Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund. Other specialized equipment the WPS will receive this year includes:
The minister noted more than $1.4 million will be distributed this year through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund. Since its inception, approximately $19 million in assets have been successfully forfeited to Manitoba and distributed to law enforcement agencies in Manitoba.
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