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Manitoba invests $8 million for safer detention centres

DCN-JOC News Services
Manitoba invests $8 million for safer detention centres

BRANDON, MAN. — The Manitoba government is providing law enforcement in Brandon and Winnipeg with $8 million through the Manitoba Restart program to support the construction or enhancement of existing police detention facilities.

The support includes $4.4 million for the Brandon Police Service (BPS) to create a new permanent detention facility as part of its headquarters and $3.5 million for the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) to facilitate updates to its central processing unit.

“Our government is committed to the safety of all Manitobans including safe conditions for detainees and the staff operating these facilities. These important investments will also support jobs in the construction industry as we continue to safely restart and grow Manitoba’s economy,” provincial Justice Minister Cliff Cullen said in a statement.

As part of the $4.4 million for BPS, modular cells will be constructed at the Brandon Police Service Station to address demand while design and construction of a permanent structure takes place.

“This funding will provide the BPS with the ability to construct a modern detention facility that will help ensure the safety of our clients, staff and the community we serve. We also thank the Manitoba government for additional funding through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund, which will provide additional tools and training to our staff, and ultimately contribute to overall public safety,” said BPS Chief Wayne Balcean.

“The Winnipeg Police Service would like to thank the province for its contribution toward the capital costs to address infrastructure challenges that emerged as a result of the changes in prisoner processing. These renovations that we will make in our Central Processing Unit will help us better meet the needs of our members and the detainees in our care,” WPS Acting Police Chief Arthur Stannard added. 

In Manitoba cash and proceeds from the sale of forfeited property are deposited into the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund (CPF) and the province also maintains the Federal Proceeds of Crime Fund, which is generated from forfeited proceeds of crime through the prosecution of federal offences in Manitoba, a release stated.

Since 2011, more than $16 million has been distributed to law enforcement agencies and community initiatives through the CPF Fund.

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