The Minister of Community Safety reinforced the provincial government’s commitment to community safety during a stop in Toronto today.
Durham Police Chief Vern White, Police Services Board Chair Doug Moffatt, and board member Terry Clayton were on hand at Toronto Police Headquarters as Minister Monte Kwinter presented GTA police services with a cheque for $5,963,999.65. The funding is part of the province’s “Safer Communities -1,000 Officers Partnership Program.”
Durham Regional Police received funding for a total of 50 new officers. Twenty officers are already on the job, 18 graduated last month and another 12 will be on board by the end of the year.
“This funding will help us in our goal of providing safer communities for the residents of our growing region,” says Durham Police Chief Vern White.
Under the program, half of the 1,000 officers are assigned to community policing duties such as street patrols, improved traffic enforcement and school visits. The other 500 officers will be assigned to priority areas identified by the government in its fight against crime in Ontario.
“Being on the side of Ontario families means giving police the tools necessary to make our communities safer,” says Minister Kwinter.
Minister Kwinter thumb (JPG file, 25.9K bytes)
Minister, Chief and Board Members (JPG file, 59.0K bytes)
Minister Kwinter's announcement (JPG file, 66.7K bytes)