The Weyburn Police Service is receiving over $400,000 from the provincial government.
"Ensuring the streets are safe so that our community members are able to enjoy life is a priority for the Weyburn Police Service," Weyburn Police Service Chief Jamie Blunden said in a written statement. "The funding provided by the provincial government supports crime prevention and the resources for our Serious Organized Crime Program and the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan members. Both of these units contribute to the success of the Drug and Traffic Safety Strategy, ensuring a safer community for our citizens in Weyburn."
In the release issued Wednesday morning, the province stated the WPS was given $229,000 through the Municipal Policing Grant program. The money provided through the grant will go towards two existing police positions. Another $180,000 was provided by SGI. The Crown insurance company provided that funding for one police position under the Combined Traffic Services Section program.
"The City of Weyburn extends its appreciation to the Government of Saskatchewan for their unwavering commitment to our police services," Weyburn Mayor Marcel Roy said. "These grants empower us to uphold our pledge of safety and fiscal responsibility to our valued residents, ultimately working together to ensure a safer and more secure community for all."
The provincial government provides funding to police services across the province through the Municipal Police Grants program. This program currently supports 143 municipal police positions throughout Saskatchewan.