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Feds pledge $291 million for Indigenous policing – Winnipeg Sun
by ahnationtalk onJanuary 11, 2018136 Views
The federal government pledged an additional $291 million in funding for Indigenous policing, a cash infusion they say represents a “quantum leap forward” for the safety of First Nations and Inuit communities.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale made the announcement Wednesday at the Neeginan Centre in Winnipeg, He said the bump would be spread over five years to some 450 communities covering over 400,000 people served through the First Nations Policing Program.
“The program works. It simply needs to have more horsepower behind it, which comes from better financing,” Goodale said. “We expect the policing service to be invigorated by the extra resources that we’re putting in today and contribute to a higher standard of public safety and security.”
The total includes $102 million proposed in the 2017 budget, $144 million to support priorities such as officer safety, policing equipment and salaries, starting in 2018-19, and $44.8 million, starting in 2019-2020, for up to 110 additional positions. It will also be indexed at 2.75% to address inflation.