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The federal government is boosting efforts to suppress gun and gang violence in Manitoba. The new funding is from a five-year $327.6-million federal program aimed at suppressing gun and gang violence. Of that total, $214 million is flowing to provinces and territories and $13 million will be spent in Manitoba. We helped obtain direct funding for the Winnipeg Police Service for gang prevention of $2.3 million from the federal government:
$1.3 million — will go to the Winnipeg Police Service guns and gangs initiatives, which focus on identification, arrests and dismantling of gangs
About $700,000 will also be used to develop a new police database that will enhance the collection and dissemination of illicit firearm and gang intelligence, and improve information sharing within the province.
$172,000 will go to purchase specialized equipment for the Manitoba First Nations Police Service, as well as for gang intelligence and awareness training for other police agencies outside of Winnipeg.
A further $80,000 will be used to expand community mobilization programs, while other funds will be used to help members get out of gangs and to support specialized training for Crown attorneys in the prosecution of organized crime and firearms offenses.