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New Funding to Keep Barrie Safe: Province Helping Barrie Police Service Combat Crime

New Funding to Keep Barrie Safe: Province Helping Barrie Police Service Combat Crime
March 9th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Ontario is providing new funding for police services across the province to support programs tailored to the unique needs of each local community.

This grant program uses forfeited money generated from criminal activity to assist victims and prevent other crimes. This year, $1.7 million will be invested back into key safety priorities and victim supports in communities across Ontario.

Of that, $96,537 is being invested here in Simcoe County to fund the Barrie Police Service’s Project Safe Horizon. This grant will provide a victim advocate and, in partnership with the Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe Muskoka’s newly established Barrie location, provide a continuum of care for recovered Human Trafficking victims.

Project Safe Horizon is an initiative that will focus primarily on the victim and their safety, both immediate and longer term care, in the hopes of ending Human Trafficking in our area. This collaborative effort will allow agencies to effectively react to victims of Human Trafficking, in order to provide all the necessary services.

Strengthening community safety is part of our government’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. This plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Members of the Barrie Police Service, the Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka and MPP Ann Hoggarth attended the Child Advocacy Centre- Cedar Point Drive location today to discuss the grant.  

“Civil forfeiture is an important tool to take the profit out of illegal activity and prevent further victimization. By awarding grants to police services, we are investing in initiatives which will have a tremendous impact on communities across the province.”

— Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General

“Human trafficking is a devastating crime, and I want to thank the Barrie Police Service and the Child Advocacy Centre for their partnership in supporting young victims. We are creating a province where human traffickers are brought to justice, and survivors have access to the services and supports they need to heal.”

— Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie

“The Barrie Police Service remains committed to creating new innovative initiatives designed to combat Human Trafficking and ensure victim safety. We will continue to support a collaborative focus on the investigation, treatment and prosecution on Human Trafficking.”

— Chief Kimberley Greenwood, Barrie Police Service

“Through the leadership of the Barrie Police Service and the commitment of the province, the Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka continues to advance its programs and services, helping more young victims have their Voices Heard and, be supported in healing. Our partnership with the Barrie Police Service to aid victims of human trafficking is an important investment in the future of our community."

— Tracey Carter, Executive Director, Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka