Funds provided for two Weyburn police positions

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is providing $220,000 for two existing Weyburn Police Service positions in 2019-20.

This includes a position with the serious crime task force and a position with the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative.

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“This funding will help ensure community safety in Weyburn,” Environment Minister and Weyburn-Big Muddy MLA Dustin Duncan said on behalf of Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell. “We’re proud to be able to support the Weyburn Police Service in the work it does every day in protecting citizens.”

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing provides funds to urban police services across the province to support 128 municipal police positions and policing initiatives.

Saskatchewan Government Insurance has also provided $180,000 to Weyburn for a police officer as part of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative. The unit works to improve safety on the highways through increased awareness and enforcement of traffic regulations.

This brings the total of Weyburn Police Service Funding Agreement to $400,000 for 2019-2020.

“Costs of law enforcement and crime detection can be very high,” Weyburn Mayor Marcel Roy said. “In some cities some police budgets account for 50 per cent of a city's budget. Without help from the provincial government, cities could not function. On behalf of the Weyburn City Council and City of Weyburn, thank you to the Government of Saskatchewan for all grants received for policing.”

“The ongoing Municipal Police Grants are much needed and appreciated funding which is dedicated to policing and community safety,” Weyburn Police Service Chief Marlo Pritchard said. “These funds help the Weyburn Police Service meet community demands and enhances public safety in our community.”