Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

March 14, 2008 16:40 ET

Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Partner to Put More Police on Our Streets

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 14, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Darryl Hickie, Minister of Corrections, Public Safety, and Policing of Saskatchewan, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide Saskatchewan with $11.7 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," said Minister Day. "By making funding available to support the recruitment of new front-line police officers, this Government is delivering on a key platform commitment to enhance community safety. I am pleased we are partnering with Saskatchewan to strengthen law enforcement in the region."

"I am pleased the Federal Government is committed to the safety and security of Canada's citizens," said Saskatchewan Minister of Corrections, Public Safety, and Policing, Darryl Hickie. "We appreciate the flexibility this program offers to our province and are positive this funding will help us meet our goals."

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. Saskatchewan has the flexibility to use its allocated portion of the funding and to reach their target of hiring an additional 120 officers over four 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