The Manitoba government will be providing funding through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund (CPFF) to the Manitoba First Nations Police Service (MFNPS) so they can purchase equipment and undergo additional training.

Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen made the announcement, with $155,100 being invested to allow the MFNPS to improve in several aspects, including software and training for front-line staff, drone usage in investigations, forensic analysis, and breathalyzer technician training.

"Our government remains committed to improving law enforcement services around the province to enhance public confidence in law enforcement and the justice system, and to help keep Manitobans safe in their communities," says Goertzen. "This funding will help the MFNPS enhance its ability to conduct its important work in the communities they are proud to serve while contributing to the further modernization of our province’s criminal justice system."

The MFNPS will also use some of this money to reduce gang impact, along with drug and crime-related investigations. The minister stated that the province has advocated for consistent, sustainable funding for First Nations policing in Manitoba from the federal government.

"$155,100 goes a long way to support the work of the MFNPS to ensure community safety and well-being," says Doug Palson, police chief, MFNPS. "Further, it represents a significant commitment on the part of Manitoba Justice towards the advancement of First Nations policing in our province as this funding will be dedicated to initiatives that otherwise would not be possible. At least, not this year."

With some First Nations in Manitoba being isolated and not having a strong police presence, First Nation policing is essential and the Manitoba Government hopes the Federal Government will work toward funding all First Nations policing services.

To see the full press release from the government of Manitoba, click here.