The Winnipeg Police Service announced on Wednesday that through the province’s criminal property forfeiture program plans to purchase a robot. The province’s criminal property forfeiture program seizes and liquidates criminal assets, and invests them into new police assets.
Winnipeg police Chief Danny Smyth said:
“It’s a good way of taking criminal assets and reallocating them out into the community.”
The police plan to spend more than $611K for new programs, and of that money, over $257,000 will go toward a public safety robot.
“It really is next-generation, an upgrade if you will, that provides our people with a great deal more mobility and being able to go into spaces that would be dangerous to a live canine or to one of our officers,” Smyth said.
Over $36,000 will be spent on training to help officers liaise with organizers of protests.
Smyth says that this initiative helps officers on
“how to identify and meet with organizers and really set the tone so everyone can do their thing peacefully.”
Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) program through Kidthink, a mental health centre dedicated to children and their families will also receive a donation of $33,000.