Ontario’s Solicitor General Sylvia Jones announced Wednesday the Brantford Police Service will receive $3.2 million in funding over three years to tackle problems with guns and gangs, human trafficking and improve community policing.
Jones made the announcement at the police station alongside MPP Will Bouma and Mayor Kevin Davis.
“We’re really excited about how we can tackle some of the issues in the city,” Bouma said in a video posted to his social media accounts.
“The Brantford Police Service put in an excellent proposal together. I’m very positive and optimistic it’s going make a true difference to the people of Brantford, under the new chief and mayor,” Jones said, referring to new police Chief Robert Davis and Deputy Chief Jason Saunders.
“We are going to see things happening in Brantford that make a difference.”
The Ontario government is providing police services across the province with the resources they need to combat crime and keep communities safe by investing $195 million through the province’s new Community Safety and Policing (CSP) Grant program over the next three years.
Through the local priorities funding stream, 89 police services boards will be allocated a total of $181 million to address issues that were identified by their communities as local areas of focus. These include collaboration between the police and community organizations to help individuals suffering from mental health issues and addictions (e.g., mobile crisis response teams), as well as programs to combat impaired driving, property crime and other public safety concerns. In addition, approximately $14 million will be allocated to 18 police services boards, including Brantford’s police services board, under the provincial priorities funding stream to address gun and gang violence, sexual violence and harassment, and human trafficking.