Re-elected PC government to invest $2.8 million to support RCMP to reduce rural crime: Pallister
A re-elected Progressive Conservative government will invest $2.8 million from its Safer Streets, Safer Lives Action Plan to crack down on rural crime by establishing new RCMP Crime Reduction Teams throughout Manitoba and supporting police efforts to dismantle street gangs, PC Party Leader Brian Pallister announced today.
“A re-elected PC government will move rural Manitoba forward on public safety by supporting the RCMP to crack down on criminals and street gangs,” said Pallister.
According to recent statistics, Manitoba’s rural crime rate was 42% higher than its urban crime rate, with violence, drugs and property crime being major challenges in rural communities.
A re-elected PC government will provide the RCMP with the supports they need to reduce rural crime, including:
- Creating two new Crime Reduction Teams in the eastern and western RCMP districts to target prolific offenders and drug dealers;
- Adding officers to the existing northern district Crime Reduction Enforcement Team;
- Adding new officers to the D Division Enforcement Team – a centralized enforcement unit that uses criminal intelligence to target criminal organizations and street gangs that traffic drugs and guns; and
- Investing in two new crime analysts to help the RCMP identify criminal trends and crime hotspots.
Pallister was joined for the announcement by Alan Lagimodiere, PC candidate for Selkirk, home to the RCMP eastern district office, which will receive funding to support the new Crime Reduction Team for the RCMP’s eastern district.
“Only Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives will take real action to reduce crime and protect Manitoba families and communities in eastern Manitoba,” said Lagimodiere. “The Manitoba RCMP do tremendous work keeping Manitobans safe and we welcome this substantial investment to reduce crime in Selkirk and across eastern Manitoba.”