Ontario Increasing Supports to Improve Community Safety in Peel RegionPublished on April 11, 2022
Investment helping local police fight crime and keep people safe
MISSISSAUGA – The Ontario government is investing $22,316,057 over three years to provide the Peel Regional Police with significant new resources to safeguard the communities of Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon. This funding is part of Ontario’s $267 million investment in the Community Safety and Policing (CSP) Grant Program for initiatives that help combat crime locally.
Peel is one of 90 police service boards receiving funding through the CSP Grant Program for 147 public safety initiatives focusing on local and provincial priorities such as gun and gang violence, sexual violence and harassment, human trafficking, mental health and addictions and hate-motivated crime. Many projects will be undertaken in collaboration with community partners.
"Public safety has always been our top priority," said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. "This funding will help the Peel Police strengthen local public safety initiatives to combat gun and gang violence, sexual violence and harassment, human trafficking, mental health and addictions challenges, as well as cyber and hate crimes."
The funding for the Peel Police will support Project Aegis, a new analytics bureau to gather centralized data and ensure programs are achieving their desired outcome.
The Peel Police will also pilot Complex Case Response Teams to better meet the needs of individuals in the community, and provide additional support to Divisional Mobilization Units, which undertake key non-enforcement related outreach activities and support for priority populations in the community.
“Community safety is a top priority, and our government has been strengthening our justice system to protect communities and hold offenders accountable,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “This investment is another way we are helping police services address local challenges and improve the well-being of the people they serve. Whether to combat the opioid crisis, share intelligence, or prevent violent crime, this funding will make a difference in all corners of Ontario.”
The CSP Grant Program helps police services address priority issues identified in their communities such as expanding mental health supports, preventing crime in schools and combatting cyber-crime. It also addresses provincewide priorities such as:
- Gun and gang violence
- Sexual violence and harassment
- Human trafficking
- Mental health and addictions
- Hate-motivated crime.
- This investment will be allocated over a three-year period: 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25.
- The maximum funding for any one initiative under the Provincial Priorities Funding Stream is $1.5 million over three years.
- Under the Local Priorities Funding Stream, each eligible police services board had a pre-determined allocation that they could apply for.
- Police services will be required to report twice a year on the financial activities and outcomes of their initiatives.
- Ontario’s community safety grant programs and initiatives that help address local crime and complex social issues to protect the well-being of communities.
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP