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The Manitoba Government is giving $450,000 to Manitoba Police Services through the Proceeds of Crime Fund.

Premier Brian Pallister and Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced this funding would engage communities in combating the illicit drug trade and reduce crime.

“We will continue to invest in programs and initiatives that help keep Manitobans safe,” says Pallister. "Our government is working together with police agencies and community organizations across the province to achieve our shared goals of combating the illicit drug trade and reducing crime.”

The Winkler Police Service applied for a grant for this fund and was approved for $20,000.

Winkler Police Chief Ryan Hunt says the funding will go towards the Community Care Program through Central Station. Though the funds won't be directly impacting the fight on drugs, it will have a direct impact on residents of the community, Hunt says.

"The CCP is to assist people in the community who might be struggling with a crime or possibly addicted to drugs, or any number of issues. The program gets together with the client helps them get through their struggles, and get them onto a path that leads them to a better lifestyle."

According to Central Station wrap-around concept-based model brings all social services agencies together to help a family. Though this program is still in its still relatively new, Central Station says they have seen a real impact giving families all the power to choose their path, and the agencies support the path with no shame and no blame.

Hunt says the proceeds of crime fund is an excellent opportunity for police services and is excited Winkler's application was one that was chosen to receive funding.

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