ORILLIA — Ontario’s provincial police force is getting $781,587 under the Civil Remedies Act.

 

The act allows the attorney general’s office to seize property used to commit crimes or bought with the proceeds of crime.

 

The bulk of the money, $246,543, will go to the organized crime unit to purchase four portable infrared cameras and lenses.

 

Another $262,414 will be spent over two years to train civilian members of the provincial asset forfeiture unit.

A further $125,094 will be spent to purchase laptops to help deliver crime prevention programs in each of the 90 detachments.

The Essex County, Lambton County and Norfolk County detachments will share $147,000 for crime prevention programs.

“Police avail themselves of various legislative tools, such as the Civil Remedies Act, to remove the motives and mechanisms for crime,” Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino said in a statement.

“Crime should not pay, but the re-investment of property removed from the criminal economy into supporting victims of crime and into police initiatives benefits everyone.”