Ontario Increasing Supports to Improve Community Safety in Oxford

Investment helping local police fight crime and keep people safe

WOODSTOCK – The Ontario government is investing $3,458,796.92 over three years to provide the police services boards in Oxford with significant new resources to safeguard local residents. This funding is part of Ontario’s $267 million investment in the

Six police services boards in Oxford are among 90 boards receiving funding through the CSP Grant Program for 147 public safety initiatives focusing on local and provincial priorities such as gun and gang violence, sexual violence and harassment, human trafficking, mental health and addictions and hate-motivated crime. Many projects will be undertaken in collaboration with community partners.

“This grant will help our local police services boards address priority issues in our communities,” said Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford. “Expanding mental health supports, preventing crime in schools and combatting cyber-crime are just some of the areas this funding will support.”

Woodstock Police Services Board will receive $458,644.58 for its Community Engagement Officer and $997,708.74 for its Community Response Unit.

The Police Services Boards in Blandford-Blenheim, Ingersoll and Norwich will each receive $400,488.72 for their Community Mobilization Officer Initiative.

East Zorra-Tavistock and Tillsonburg Police Services Boards will each receive $400,488.72 for their Community-Oriented Response and Engagement Officer.

“Community safety is a top priority, and our government has been strengthening our justice system to protect communities and hold offenders accountable,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “This investment is another way we are helping police services address local challenges and improve the well-being of the people they serve.”