Fighting crime with the proceeds of crime
The provincial government is utilizing the proceeds of crime in the fight against crime.
Surrey has received more than $275,000 in civil forfeiture funds from the Ministry of Justice to be used by seven different organizations that work to stop violence against women or deter youth from criminal activity.
Since its inception in 2006, the Civil Forfeiture Office has given $16 million back to community crime prevention organizations, victims of fraud and police departments.
"These funds – once the proceeds of crime – are now being used to help people in our communities," said Surrey-Panorama MLA Marvin Hunt. "This money is especially meaningful to those individuals and families who suffered because of those crimes."
Organizations receiving grants in Surrey include the Surrey Women's Centre Society, Surrey RCMP, Servants Anonymous Society, Surrey School District's REACH program, Youth Engagement Program for Guildford and Surrey School District's Foundations Program.