OTTAWA, Nov. 15, 2018 /CNW/ - Like all communities in Canada, Indigenous communities shouldbe safe places where families can thrive and local economies can flourish. Public safety is essential to that prosperity.
Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced that the Government
Recognizing there are pressing needs in terms of policing infrastructure in First Nation and Inuit communities, a new federal program, Funding for First Nation and Inuit Policing Facilities, will provide funding to repair, renovate, or replace policing facilities owned by First Nation and Inuit communities starting in 2018-2019. The program will help ensure policing infrastructure complies with current building, policing facility, and health and safety standards.
This program, which is cost-shared 52 per cent/48 per cent with the provinces and territories, will be implemented in two phases:
Safe policing facilities will result in the delivery of better quality policing services and contribute to safer First Nation and Inuit communities.
"Through culturally relevant policing, the First Nations Policing Program protects the safety of over 400,000 people in First Nation and Inuit communities. Building on our government's major investments in new officers, salaries and equipment, we are making new investments in policing facilities so officers can do their jobs properly and keep their communities safe."
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
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