The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is providing $220,000 through the Municipal Police Grants program for two existing Weyburn Police Service positions in 2020-21.
These positions are within the Organized/Serious Crimes Task Force Program and Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan Program in the City of Weyburn.
“The men and women of the Weyburn Police Service work every day to protect the public,” Environment Minister and Weyburn-Big Muddy MLA Dustin Duncan said on behalf of Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell. “We’re providing this funding for the essential services the local police provide the people of Weyburn.”
Saskatchewan Government Insurance is also providing $180,000 for one police officer as part of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan Program. Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan works to improve highway safety through increased awareness and enforcement of traffic regulations.
This brings the total amount of the Weyburn Police Service Funding Agreement to $400,000 for three police officer positions in 2020-21.
“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.”
“Our commitment toward a safer community is extremely important to the Weyburn Police Service,” Weyburn Police Service Chief Jamie Blunden said. “Support from the provincial government ensures the men and women of our service have the ability to address key issues on a daily basis. The provincial grants enhance our response to the illicit drug issue we face and increased road safety within and around our community.”
The Ministry of Corrections and Policing provides funds to police services across Saskatchewan through the Municipal Police Grants program to support 129 municipal police positions and targeted policing initiatives.