Crime money returned to communities
Lastweek, Orford MNA Pierre Reid announced, in the name of the Minister of Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire and Sécurité publique (suppléant), Pierre Moreau, the amount of $38,352 for the Memphremagog MRC.
“The Government of Quebec was able to recuperate this amount thanks to the work of our police officers. The fight against crime never stops and uses the resources of numerous communities. It is therefore important to return to them a part of the funds collected,” commented Minister Moreau.
The money comes from the Programme de partage des produits de la criminalité. In effect, the municipalities where police took part in operations that led to the seizure of goods that were obtained illegally have a right to a portion of the sums recuperated. The amount that will be given to the Memphremagog MRC, is $38,352.
“Crime must be controlled in our society and our police officers do exceptional work. When criminals acquire property in an illegal way, it is normal to seize it and return the money to the population. It is our MRC who will use the money to the benefit of our citizens,” said Orford MNA Pierre Reid.
In Quebec, about $6.9 million will be returned in this way to municipalities, First Nations communities, police departments and mixed crime investigation forces.
Because of the Programme de partage des produits de la criminalité, $1.25 million is given each year to organizations who work to prevent youth crime by the Ministry of public security and that the same amount is given to the Fonds d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels by the Ministry of Justice.