Province hands Barrie, South Simcoe police funds to fight human trafficking

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Editor's note: This story was first published on Oct. 29, 2020

The province has taken cash seized as proceeds of crime and handed it to police services and social agencies, including Barrie police and South Simcoe police.

The $2.5 million in funding will be used for 33 projects across the province, aimed at fighting human trafficking.

The Barrie Police Service will receive about $97,000, which will be used to “address the underlying causes of crime, such as mental health, addiction or family violence.”

“The funds will be used to focus efforts on a system that supports the most vulnerable people and works to reform offenders and lower rates of reoffending,” a media release from the province said.

The South Simcoe Police Service will receive about $41,000, which will be used to fund data resources to analyze “patterns and prevalence of crimes” in Innisfil and Bradford-West Gwillimbury.

“We are fighting back against human traffickers by investing in training, surveillance technology and equipment, to help local police and prosecutors crack down on the criminal networks that prey on and profit from young and vulnerable people in our communities," said Attorney General Doug Downey.

Rick Vanderlinde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance