Belleville receives $815,470 in provincial funding for community safety and victim supports

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2022

BELLEVILLE – Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced today that the Belleville Police Services Board will receive $614,470 through the Community Safety and Policing Grant and $200,000 through the Victim Support Grant this year to support local initiatives.  

Specifically, $343,600 from the Community Policing and Safety Grant will support front-line community stakeholders training, while $271,800 will support the hiring of a victim liaison officer.  Another $200,000 through the Victim Support Grant will go to survivor-centered services. 

 “The Belleville Police Service works tirelessly to promote safety and wellness within the city and these funding programs will give them extra support for innovative programs,” said Smith.  

Through the Community Safety and Policing Grant program, eligible police services are provided with funding to support the implementation of public safety and community policing initiatives that focus on local and provincial priorities such as community outreach programs, human trafficking and guns and gang violence. 

“Nothing is more important than the safety of Ontarians,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. “Through this grant funding, we are helping build safer communities as well as ensuring Ontario’s police services have the resources they need to address the issues that matter most in their communities and do their jobs effectively.” 

Of the $267.6-million investment provincially, approximately $226 million will be provided through the local priorities funding stream to help police services address priority issues specific in their communities. These projects may include: 

  • Deploying additional frontline police officers where and when they are needed most 
  • Creating school liaison programs to raise awareness of issues such as bullying, cyber bullying, drugs, harmful substances as well as internet safety 
  • Developing community outreach programs on a variety of public safety issues including road safety, substance abuse, sexual violence, and human trafficking 
  • Providing enhanced training to frontline officers and community partners on public safety issues such as mental health, human trafficking, intimate partner violence, and gun and gang violence 
  • Setting up special units that provide comprehensive, survivor-centered approaches to address human trafficking or sexual violence and harassment 
  • Setting up collaborative “Situation Tables” between police and community partners to better deal with acutely elevated risks such as the opioid crisis and mental health issues 
  • Establishing and sharing intelligence gathering information such as surveillance of organized crime, covert operations, and social media monitoring of gang activity 
  • Implementing crime prevention, 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 
  • Purchasing new equipment that support policing operations and activities such as enhanced software/technology and/or new vehicles. 

The Province is investing $5.9 million over two years for the Victim Support Grant to support 37 projects nominated by police services working with community partners.  The funding will be used for programming such as: 

  • Establishing comprehensive wrap-around resources, supports and services for survivors and at-risk individuals through enhanced police and community partner collaboration 
  • Supporting specialized intervention programs for suspected or confirmed instances of intimate partner violence or human trafficking 
  • Providing specialized training to law enforcement (frontline officers, speciality unit officers and civilian members), support personnel and community members 
  • Increasing technology and equipment to enhance police investigation capacity, improve evidence collection, as well as provide survivors with the option to complete interviews remotely 
  • Creating environments that are culturally safe, respectful and responsive, and launching culturally responsive education and awareness campaigns to inform at-risk groups about the signs of intimate partner violence or human trafficking 

 "Intimate partner violence affects people of all genders, ages, racial, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds though women are three and a half times more likely than men to be victimized," said Jane McKenna, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues. " “This new funding will help provide survivors and those at risk, with specialized supports and resources to ensure their safety and help rebuild their lives." 

 QUICK FACTS 

 Community Safety and Policing Grant 

  • This Community Safety and Policing Grant investment will be allocated over a three-year period: 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25 to recipients and projects listed here. 
  • The maximum funding for any one initiative under the Provincial Priorities Funding Stream is $1.5 million over three years. 
  • Under the Local Priorities Funding Stream, each eligible police services board had a pre-determined allocation that they could apply for. 
  • Police services will be required to report twice a year on the financial activities and outcomes of their initiatives. 

Victim Support Grant 

  • The current two-year grant cycle under the VSG program is supported in part by the federal government’s Initiative to Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence, which includes a total investment of more than $65 million over five years for Ontario’s Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy. 
  • Current funding is for project costs incurred in 2021-22 and 2022-23 fiscal years. The maximum funding for each project is $200,000 (i.e., $100,000 per funding year). 
  • All municipal and First Nation police services, as well as the Ontario Provincial Police were eligible to apply for funding through the VSG program.