Belleville to receive $1,371,540 from Province to offset court-related policing costs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020

Belleville – The Ontario government is providing the City of Belleville $1,371,540.72 through the Court Security Prisoner Transportation Program this year to offset policing cost associated to the operations of the Quinte Consolidated Courthouse.

The funding, which has increased from the City’s 2019 allocation of $1,345,904.19, is part of $125 million distributed to municipalities across Ontario with courthouses. Allocations are based on the share of prisoner transports in each municipality in relation to the total across Ontario.

“We’re committed to working with our municipal partners to ensure that we have effective court security, while not creating too great a burden on their policing budgets,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte.

Belleville Police Service Chief of Police Ron Gignac was pleased with the funding allocation.

“We thank MPP Smith and our provincial government for providing this funding that allows us to operate a safe and secure courthouse. Along with staffing the consolidated courthouse security, we are able to safely and efficiently transport those in custody to and from various correctional institutions,” said Gignac.

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