Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

March 26, 2008 15:34 ET

Governments of Canada and Alberta Partner to Put More Police on our Streets

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, on behalf of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Fred Lindsay, Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security for Alberta, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide Alberta with $42.4 million as part of a new Police Officers Recruitment Fund. This Fund supports the Government of Canada's national effort to recruit 2,500 police officers and provides flexibility to the provinces and territories in hiring additional personnel across the country.

"The Government's most important duty is the protection of Canadians against threats to their safety and security, and our Government has been taking action where needed to get the job done," said Secretary of State Ablonczy. "By making funding available to support the recruitment of new front-line police officers, we are delivering on a key platform commitment to enhance community safety. I am pleased we are partnering with Alberta to strengthen law enforcement in the region."

"Reducing crime is a key priority for our government," said Fred Lindsay, Alberta Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security. "This federal government commitment will allow us to bolster Alberta's law enforcement resources while continuing to develop strategies with our policing partners to recruit and retain the best and the brightest people."

Budget 2008 has created a third-party trust fund of up to $400 million. The fund is allocated over five years on a per capita basis. Alberta has the flexibility to use its allocated portion of the funding to hire additional police officers over these five years.

Each province and territory - in recognition of their jurisdiction over policing - is responsible for distributing funds to municipal and provincial/territorial police services. The provincial and territorial governments are encouraged to report directly to their residents on the expenditures and outcomes on the implementation of this initiative in hiring additional officers.

Tackling crime and strengthening the security of Canadians are paramount responsibilities for the Government of Canada. The introduction of the Police Officers Recruitment Fund further demonstrates that the Government takes these responsibilities seriously by providing assistance to the provinces and territories for the recruitment of 2,500 additional front-line police officers.

For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    or
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863