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Guelph Police to form joint human trafficking unit with Waterloo Regional Police Service

Province announced $537,000 to help fund the new unit over three years
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The Guelph Police Service will be partnering with Waterloo Regional Police to form a joint human trafficking unit.

On Thursday the province announced the new unit, which is being made possible through a $537,460 grant, spread out over three years.

“A Joint Human Trafficking Unit in Waterloo Region and the City of Guelph, WRPS will partner with Guelph Police Service, other victim services organizations and the local county to create an anti-human trafficking unit to detect, investigate, and prevent human trafficking throughout Waterloo Region and the City of Guelph. The unit will consist of a crisis intervention counsellor and three dedicated full-time investigators,” said the provincial announcement.

“The unit will respond to human trafficking incidents, offer wrap-around victim support, and conduct investigations to apprehend perpetrators. The funding will also be used for equipment purchases and training of unit members.”

The grant was one of 21 initiatives announced Thursday in the province to receive a total of $6 million in funding over the next three years.The funds come via the Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing Grant, which is supported with funds forfeited to the province during criminal prosecutions.

"By cutting off the resources of these crooks and redirecting that money to our brave men and women in uniform, we will ensure our police can keep our streets safe and put violent criminals behind bars where they belong," said Premier Doug Ford in making the announcement. "Thanks to the relentless work of police forces across the province, we're able to deliver $6 million more to help combat the most heinous crimes."

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