NEW K9 VEHICLE FOR MORDEN POLICE – FUNDED BY MONEY TAKEN OUT OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

Perry Batchelor - Altona Police Chief, Rick Hiebert - Winkler Police Chief, Brad Neduzak - Morden Police Chief, Justice Minister Andrew Swan, Gord Schumacher - Executive Director of Criminal Property Forfeiture.

Perry Batchelor – Altona Police Chief, Rick Hiebert – Winkler Police Chief, Brad Neduzak – Morden Police Chief, Justice Minister Andrew Swan, Gord Schumacher – Executive Director of Criminal Property Forfeiture.

On June 19th, 2013 Justice Minister Andrew Swan visited Morden and officially presented the Morden Police Service with a grant of nearly $60,000 for a new fully equipped 2013 K9 SUV Police Vehicle.

“Time is of the essence when we need to use our K9 unit and this new, dedicated vehicle will mean our officers can respond without delay,” said Brad Neduzak, Morden Police Chief. “We are proud to be one of the only three K9 units in southern Manitoba. This grant will allow us to continue to improve the level of service and safety we provide to the community.”

“No community is immune to the effects of crime. It’s important to invest in specialized equipment across the province and expand the tools available to law enforcement agencies to uphold the law and keep residents safe,” said Justice Minister Andrew Swan. “Criminal property forfeitures take money out of criminal activity and put it to good use for the community. This summer, we will distribute over $1 million in grants, funded with assets seized by the province.”

Funding through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Program is available to all Police Services across Manitoba. At this presentation, Altona Police Services received $44,700 to purchase a new digital fingerprinting system and the City of Winkler received over $15,000 to upgrade 10 FleetNet radios.

In the past Morden received $17,000 through this program which covered part of the electronic fingerprint scanner. Since this program started in 2010, over $5 million in assets has been successfully forfeited to Manitoba.