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  • November 08, 2012


Building stronger neighbourhoods through community initiatives

Novembeer 8, 2012 - Ontario is helping two local Police Services to implement projects to prevent crime in Thunder Bay and region, and to build safer communities.

The Thunder Bay Police Service received a $97,000 grant to fund its project “Zone Watch”, to develop a new stand-alone website. Currently, the police service is nested within the City of Thunder Bay web pages, making it difficult to establish a unique web experience.

Project Zone Watch is designed as a connective tool to increase dialogue with police and the community regarding crime prevention. The new website will contain a number of standard features including links to online reporting, crime mapping, information about services provided, media releases, and crime prevention messages. The Thunder Bay Police Service intends to leverage its existing prevention and information platform into this new website.

Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) received $100,000 from the province’s Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing grant to fund its project “Firefly”. Project plans include a comprehensive training opportunity for all front-line officers, health care professionals, teachers and community leaders in Nishnawbe-Aski Nations communities.

Project Firefly is a training opportunity presented by TAPP-C, which is an arson prevention program for youth and children – designed to promote/foster attitudes and behaviours that will result in good fire safety practices. NAPS will be working in cooperation with the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health, Ontario Office of Fire Marshall, Thunder Bay Fire Department, NAN Board of Education, First Nations Fire Protection Strategy, Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation, Nishnawbe-Aski Nations Police Board and all local NAN community leaders.

“I’m happy to see these funds invested into our local police services. These initiatives will have a direct and beneficial impact on communications, crime prevention and education—all important tools in making our communities safer now and in the future.” – Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

"Using funds from proceeds of crime to support more local policing endeavours will support worthwhile community projects. I’m pleased that local organizations continue to see the benefits of this program." – Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“Crime prevention is a key element of our Youth Action Plan. By using the proceeds of crime to do this, we’re helping to keep our community safe while depriving criminals of the profits from their unlawful activities.”— Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services


  • The overall youth crime rate in Ontario is 23 per cent lower than in 2000. The youth violent crime rate is also down by 17 per cent over the same period, better than the national rate, which dropped 10 per cent.
  • Ontario is investing over $20 million in new funding to support the Youth Action Plan – efficiencies and savings were found to fully offset the cost of expanded and new programs.
  • Ontario’s Youth Action Plan will benefit an additional 13,000 young people each year by moving forward on 20 initiatives.


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