Cash seized from criminals could support anti-bullying programs in B.C.
The B.C. government has announced it will funnel up to $1 million of seized criminal cash into anti-bullying programs.
Schools, police agencies and community groups that are working to combat bullying can now apply to share in the up to $1 million in grants from civil forfeiture proceeds that were announced last week.
This expansion of the grant eligibility criteria follows Tuesday's anti-bullying summit in Vancouver, where parents, educators, police, student safety experts and other attendees received an update on B.C.'s ERASE Bullying strategy and shared their ideas about additional counter-measures.
Bullying prevention is the latest community safety goal to receive support from civil forfeiture proceeds. Earlier this year, government responded to a spike in deaths linked to the use of ecstasy, supporting five police- and community-led projects to help raise awareness among youth about the drug's dangers.
In the current round of grants, government will also consider projects focused on preventing youth involvement in crime, combating human trafficking and sexual exploitation, preventing family violence and violence against women, and community crime prevention. Applications are now open, as of today, and more details are at: www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/crimeprevention/grants/index.htm.
Civil forfeiture in B.C. has been ongoing since 2006, as the government seizes cash, cars, helicopters, land, and other assets linked to criminal activity.
About $28.7 million has been seized so far, and the program is self-funding.
About one third of the money has gone to support local crime prevention programs and to compensate fraud victims.
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