The Ontario government is committing $1.5 million to help police battle human trafficking as well as provide support for its victims.

The money is also earmarked to help police disrupt outlaw motorcycle gang activity and address mental health issues in their communities.

The funding is through the Civil Remedies Grant Program which receives money from the seizure of proceeds and goods of illegal activity.

Locally, North East Region OPP will receive $55,175 for it’s Human Trafficking Awareness Project.

The project will provide education and awareness to officers and stakeholders through a regional conference and various training programs.

OPP NER also plans to buy digital technology and equipment to deliver investigative expertise and a victim-centred, trauma-informed approach to helping human trafficking victims.

The Parry Sound District, as well as the West Parry Sound OPP detachment, fall under the jurisdiction of the North East Region OPP branch.

In an announcement on November 28th, Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said the people of Ontario rely on dedicated police officers to keep communities safe adding “these grants will give police access to new technologies and training to better protect communities and support victims”.

Human Rights Day is commemorated every December 10th, the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.