Every police detachments across Ontario is eligible for newly announced funding from the province.

The Government of Ontario announced in a release that it is investing $6 million over the next three years to help police fight crime. All detachments including provincial, municipal and First Nations are eligible to apply under what’s being called the Proceeds of Crime – Front-Line Policing Grant.

“When we invest in our men and women in uniform, we get results,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in the release. “The grant is a double blow to organized crime. When our police cut off the resources the crooks use to fund their illegal operations, we take that money and give it back to police services, so they keep fighting crime and keeping us safe.”

The goal of the grant is aimed to give police services and community partners the resources needed to stop violent criminals. The focus is on gun violence, sexual violence and harassment, and human trafficking.

“Public safety is a top priority for this government,” Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said in the release. “We remain committed to providing front-line police and our justice sector partners with the tools they need to do their jobs. Any time we have the opportunity as a society to right a wrong we should seize it, and with this grant program, that’s exactly what we are doing.”

The government says the investment will build on their plans to combat gun and gang violence across the province. Jones added that she is accepting applications this week and successful departments will be announced next spring.

Any organizations applying for funding are required to partner with at least two community groups from different sectors.

Written by Greg Higgins