Ontario Increasing Supports to Improve Community Safety in Lambton County
Investment helping local police agencies fight crime and keep people safe
April 14, 2022
Lambton County – The Ontario government is investing $1,850,940 over three years to provide the Lambton OPP and the Sarnia Police with significant new resources to safeguard the residents of Lambton County. 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.
The Lambton OPP and Sarnia Police Service are two 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.
”Our government continues to support our local police and the communities they serve through strategic investments in new programs and initiatives,” said Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey. “These targeted investments will support the police with the tools and training they need to address some very challenging issues.”
Local Police Service Boards Receiving Funding
- Lambton Police Services Board – $1,132,839.29
- Sarnia Police Services Board – $718,100.88
“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 to recipients and projects listed here.
- 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.
Bob Bailey, MPP