Ontario is investing $100,000 in a new community safety program that supports local police, and community groups in their work to build a safer, stronger community in Guelph.
With funding from the government’s Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing Grant – which provides funding to police services for local community safety and well-being initiatives – the Guelph Police Service has established the Community Response to Crystal Meth (methamphetamine) program.
This initiative will provide training to increase the capacity of social and health services to support and treat clients who have developed an addiction to crystal meth, and will pilot addiction outreach services to citizens charged with crimes associated with their use of crystal meth. Actions to increase safety in the community will include the Meth Watch program, which invites pharmacies, hardware stores and chemical supply companies to partner with police services to monitor the local sales of the chemicals that are used in meth production, as well as crystal meth safety training to organizations who provide home-based services.
This is one of 25 community safety and well-being programs across the province that will benefit from over $2 million in grants to help keep communities safe.
The grant money comes from assets that have been forfeited, seized and turned over to the province from the federal government to the province following criminal prosecutions
Supporting safe, healthy communities is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“I am pleased that the Guelph Police Service is receiving provincial funding to establish the Community Response to Crystal Methamphetamine program. Thanks to the hard work of the Guelph Police Service and so many of their community partners, proceeds of criminal activity are being redirected and used in a way that will help our most vulnerable and keep our community safe.”
— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph
“Increasing access to resources at the local level both improves community well-being and is critical to preventing crime and building stronger communities. It is incredible to see what can be accomplished when police and the community work hand-in-hand to create opportunities for youth, prevent crime and build safer communities.”
— Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
“Our community has seen an increase in the use of crystal meth. We recognize the impact on our community and our community agency partners. Through the strong partnerships on the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy, we have developed a plan to respond and believe this grant funding will allow us to better address this challenging issue.”
— Jeff DeRuyter, Chief, Guelph Police Service
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Office of Liz Sandals, MPP
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