The DRPS has landed nearly $100,000 in provincial funding to combat human trafficking.
The initiative, dubbed Project ACCESS, includes new specialized investigative equipment, educational materials and subject matter expert training to aid complex investigations involving individuals or organized criminal groups.
“We are very appreciative of these funds through the Civil Remedies Grant Program. They will go a long way in helping our officers combat the ongoing problem of human trafficking in the communities we serve,” police spokesman Dave Selby said.
The funding was administered through the Civil Remedies Grant Program, which is supported through the forfeiture of proceeds and instruments of unlawful activity. The grant program supports initiatives that help victims and keep communities safe.
This year, 17 police services across Ontario will receive $1.5 million worth of funding through the program for 21 different projects.
“The people of Ontario rely on our dedicated police officers to keep communities safe,” said Attorney General Caroline Mulroney.
“These grants will give police access to new technologies and training to better protect communities and support victims.”
Police in York received nearly $90,000 for Project Michael, which aims to increase community supports by developing a mobile phone application and acquiring new technology to establish a user-friendly information resource for victims of human trafficking.