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News Release - Manitoba

May 1, 2019

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR RIVERS POLICE SERVICE



RIVERS—The Manitoba government is providing nearly $6,500 from Manitoba Justice’s Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund to the Rivers Police Service to improve safety for their officers and the community, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced here today.

“Our government is committed to reducing crime and strengthening support for law enforcement agencies across Manitoba,” said Cullen.  “We’re pleased to provide this investment to assist the Rivers Police Service in protecting its members and their community.”   

The investments announced today include:
•    more than $1,100 for new body armour plates to provide additional protection from large calibre weapons; and
•    more than $4,500 for two new carbine rifles, which are higher impact weapons that allow officers to keep a safe distance from a threat while maintaining an effective stopping ability.

The minister noted support is also being provided for a Rivers Police Service community policing initiative called Use Your Head, which promotes bicycle safety for children.  Free helmets will be provided and prizes will be offered to children and youth who wear them.  More than $850 is being provided to purchase two bicycles to award as prizes and 15 bike helmets for those in need.

“The Rivers Police Service and its members greatly appreciate the support the province is providing for these initiatives,” said Chief Bob Futrell, Rivers Police.  “Supports such as this enable us to provide community-based services and initiatives that make the Municipality of Riverdale safer for everyone.”

The minister said more than $1.6 million has been dedicated this year to Manitoba police agencies through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund.  Since its inception, just under $21 million in assets have been successfully forfeited to Manitoba through criminal property forfeitures.  For more information about criminal property forfeiture, visit www.gov.mb.ca/justice/safe/cpf/index.html.

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