The Ontario government is continuing funding for the four additional police officers hired by the city under the Community Policing Partnership program, Perth-Middlesex MPP John Wilkinson announced last Friday.
"We're giving police the tools and resources they need to do their jobs and keep Ontarians safe," said Wilkinson. "I am pleased that the government is continuing to support policing in Stratford as a part of our plan to help fund 2,000 police officer positions in Ontario."
The annual funding of $80,167.47 covers 50 per cent of the cost for the four front-line police officers the Stratford Police Service has hired under the Community Policing Partnerships (CPP) grant program. The province pays 50 per cent of the cost of the 1,023 officers hired under the CPP program, up to a maximum of $30,000 a year, with the balance coming from the municipalities.
The CPP program was initially designed as a five-year program to last from 1998 to 2003 to hire up to 1,000 new front-line police officers. The funding for the CPP program is now permanent.
The focus of the program is to increase police visibility with front-line officers involved in increased community patrols, enhanced traffic enforcement, school outreach programs and drug and street-crime enforcement.