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WPS Receive $200,000 Grant From the Province

The Ontario Government is providing the Woodstock Police Service with a $200,000 grant over two years.

WOODSTOCK - The Ontario Government is providing the Woodstock Police Service with a $200,000 grant over two years.

The money comes from the Community Safety and Policing Grant program. Oxford County MPP Ernie Hardeman says this money will help local police in the fight against crime. 

"Our police services and their partners play a key role in maintaining public safety. They know what it takes to combat crime and hold offenders accountable. This important investment will help ensure our frontline heroes continue to take action where, and when, it’s needed to keep us all safe.”

The money can be used for the following initiatives: 

- Education and awareness campaigns targeting the public and youth about gun and gang violence, substance abuse, and human trafficking;

- Enhanced training for police officers so they are better equipped to handle sexual violence and harassment investigations, identify signs of human trafficking and interact with victims of human trafficking;

- Crime prevention initiatives for at-risk youth and other vulnerable groups;

- Specialized units that provide a comprehensive, survivor-centered approach to address human trafficking;

- Support services for survivors of sexual violence and harassment;

- Intelligence gathering and sharing, which could include surveillance of organized crime, covert operations, and social media monitoring of gang activity;

- Intervention and diversion strategies focused on youth and young adults who are at risk of entering gangs, as well as exit strategies for victims of human trafficking; and

- Equipment purchases that support policing operations and activities such as enhanced software/technology and/or new vehicles.

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