The Durham Regional Police Service has gained some technological strength as the latest recipient of the Province of Ontario’s Civil Remedies Grant, a program enabling money illegally acquired to be redistributed to police services and victims of crime. At a recent press conference, Deputy Chief Scott Burns accepted the $115,000 grant from the Attorney General of Ontario, Christopher Bentley.
“This important partnership with the Ministry of the Attorney General is helping our police service acquire innovative tools and important training that will enable us to better serve the people of Durham Region,” said Burns.
With the funds from the Civil Remedies Grant, Durham Regional Police Service will benefit from several technological upgrades including: an infrared camera to help identify marihuana grow-ops, a handheld metal detector to search for firearms and ammunition, and an advanced video camera with telephoto lenses, night vision and binocular scopes. The Attorney General believes the program provides DRPS the ability to be more effective and efficient in some of the province’s most important police investigations.
“These grants will support the Durham Regional Police Service in its efforts to reduce unlawful activities,” said The Hon. Bentley. “By working together, we are making our communities safer and stronger.”
Provincial forfeiture laws have seen $15.8 million forfeited to the Crown since the ministry’s creation of the Civil Remedies for Illicit Remedies Office (CRIA) in 2003. Since 2009, CRIA has assisted Durham Regional Police with more than $495,000 in provincial grants.
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DRPS and Attorney General's Office representatives (JPG file, 296.6K bytes)
Deputy Chief Burns shows Bentley the new hardware (JPG file, 450.5K bytes)