This past week, the Ontario Government announced $1.5 million in funding through the Civil Remedies Grant Program for 21 projects that help prevent unlawful activity and support victims across the province.
Programs benefiting from this program are engaged in combating human trafficking, the disruption of outlaw motorcycle gang activity, supporting victims, and addressing mental health issues in their communities.
Kingston Police Service has been named as one of the recipients, with $93,800 being granted toward Operation EAST (Education & Awareness of Sex Trafficking).
The goal of Operation EAST is to raise awareness about human trafficking recruitment techniques and to decrease the number of young victims by training officers to give presentations in schools.
Another nearby beneficiary is the Gananoque Police Service which will receive $87,097 for Moving Ahead Together: A Collaborative Policing Initiative.
The aim of this program is to “help divert people with mental health issues away from the criminal justice system and towards the supports they need through community programming. It will also include after-school programs for at-risk youth.”
See the full list of Civil Remedies Grant Program recipients at this Ontario Government page.