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RCMP cashing in on crime with $205K in seized dough

Manitoba RCMP are on the receiving end of $205,000 from the profits of crime.

Justice Minister Andrew Swan said Friday the Mounties will get the money under the province's Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund.

The money will go towards the purchase of a drone, an unmanned aerial device, to be used in search-and-rescue missions and during traffic accidents or critical-incident investigations.

RCMP will also get two automated licence plate readers to support traffic-safety efforts. The readers, typically mounted in unmarked police vehicles, scan licence plates to find suspended drivers or unregistered vehicles.

Also on the list are surveillance equipment for the Manitoba Integrated Organized Crime Task Force, a trailer to transport tactical unit equipment during an emergency response, and support for ongoing programs in Stonewall and Selkirk that work with at-risk youth and their families.

In Thompson Thursday, Swan announced more than $38,000 would also be provided to the RCMP to support youth cadet programs in Nelson House, Norway House, and Cross Lake.

The Manitoba Justice Victim Services branch will receive $150,000 from the fund to provide support to victims of crime and their families. The Office of the Fire Commissioner will get more than $70,000 to purchase and receive training on the use of a new portable X -ray system, which will be used on the scene of fire investigations.

More than $1.2 million in grants are to be distributed this summer through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund. Since 2010, more than $8 million in proceeds of crime have been forfeited to the province and reinvested to police and victims' services agencies.

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