Ontario Supporting Local Police Services

    McGuinty Government Delivers On Community Safety

    SUDBURY, ON, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - Over 2,000 police officers are patrolling
Ontario streets as a direct result of funding provided by the province to
local police services.
    "More police officers patrolling our streets means more officers tackling
the problems of guns and gangs and more officers helping to make our
communities safer and stronger," Community Safety and Correctional Services
Minister Rick Bartolucci said in Sudbury.
    Bartolucci was in the northern city to present a cheque for $687,430 to
Greater Sudbury Police Chief Ian Davidson. The cheque represents the first of
two payments to be made this fiscal year to help Greater Sudbury pay the cost
of employing 22 additional officers.
    "Community safety is a priority for the McGuinty government and Ontario
residents deserve to be safe and to feel safe," Bartolucci said. "We made the
commitment to help communities hire more police officers to boost community
safety and we're delivering on that commitment."

    Over 100 First Nation and municipal police services have hired additional
officers under two programs:

    -   Safer Communities - 1,000 Officers Partnership
    -   Community Policing Partnership.

    Included in the funding is support for municipalities that contract with
the Ontario Provincial Police for local police service.
    Funding for these programs amounts to $68 million annually.

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Laura Blondeau, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4973, (416) 938-9757 (cell); Anthony Brown, Communications Branch, (416)

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