Provincial grants offset some costs of local policing

A municipal police service like the South Simcoe Police has three basic revenue sources: taxes, revenue generated from activities such as checking records of volunteers and potential employees, and grants.

At Wednesday’s Bradford West Gwillimbury-Innisfil Police Services Board meeting, Police Chief Andrew Fletcher provided an update on the various grants available for the service and “an overview of some of the money at our disposal “.

Grants included:

. Ministry of the Attorney General Civil remedies grant program – up to $ 100,000 per project ($ 200,000 per organization) for police services to carry out local and community projects to support victims of crime and prevent illegal activity. The funding can be used for crisis counseling, public education, crime prevention and research. South Simcoe Police have asked for $ 40,000 for a crime analyst position; the grant was refused.

. Grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General for Community Safety and Policing, offered on a three-year cycle to ensure greater durability. Funding is available to meet both local and provincial priorities, paying salaries for existing staff.

South Simcoe Police received $ 240,000 per fiscal year, for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 (provincial grants run from April 1 to March 31); the amount will increase to $ 299,781 in 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 thanks to the Local Priorities component.

Under the Provincial Priorities component, the service received $ 50,500 in 2020-2021, $ 100,000 in 2021-2022, to cover only human trafficking investigations.

. Ministry of the Solicitor General Front Line Policing Grant, offered on a three-year cycle for projects focusing on gun and gang violence, sexual violence and harassment, and / or human trafficking. South Simcoe Police are considering $ 97,183 in 2020-21, $ 98,670 in 2021-2022 and $ 99,425 in 2022-2023, to compensate analyst salaries and overtime to investigate guns and gangs .

. Ministry of the Solicitor General’s Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) grant program, a two-year program to support law enforcement and spot checks. Funding is provided at the end of the program year, based on final reports, to offset overtime costs associated with RIDE checks. South Simcoe received $ 15,593 in 2020-2021 and will receive $ 15,562 in 2021-2022.

. Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Grant Program – One-time funding of up to 50 percent of the cost of expanding the video surveillance system, as part of Ontario’s Gun, Gang and Violence Reduction Strategy. South Simcoe Police did not apply for this grant.

. Mobile Crisis Response Team Improvement Grant – a new grant offered by the Ministry of the Solicitor General up to $ 120,000 per fiscal year, for a two-year cycle. The funds are designed to increase the full-time equivalent number of mental health and addiction workers on an emergency response team and do not impact the police budget. A request was submitted for $ 120,000 per year; it’s pending.

South Simcoe Police Expect to Get Annual Amount of $ 8,000 RSSI (Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario) member support grant for 2022, and as a member of a police communications network, I hope to receive a grant of $ 76,174 for 2021-2022, to cover the costs of the software cell phone extraction. The request has been submitted.

The report says some items have been identified by the province as not eligible for grants, including travel, facial recognition technology and body-worn cameras.

The South Simcoe Police Department continues to apply for grants, although “writing grant applications is a ton of work,” Deputy Chief Constable John Van Dyke noted, and the process is not always successful. .

Requests should demonstrate the need, detail the activities that will be undertaken and the resources that will be dedicated, describe the partnerships, the equipment that will be purchased, the expected results and budget, and provide updates.

“Fortunately, the government is moving towards a multi-year grant program,” said Chief Fletcher, which means departments no longer need to reapply for each grant each year once successful.

The report presented to the Board also noted that “many grants are a competitive application process, making it difficult to demonstrate the sustainability of funding streams in each budget year.”

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