Anti-crime programs to help Calgary kids

CALGARY- The Alberta government is turning bad money from the Civil Forfeiture fund (CFF), into funds to help Alberta’s youth make positive choices.

The CFF is property seized from criminal acts, such as vehicles, drug houses, and cash.

The most recent CFF is providing grants to support 15 projects throughout Alberta for young people, including a grant to the YouthLink Interpretive Centre for $500,000 over two years.

The YouthLink Interpretive Centre is a facility that helps mentor and educate kids as they face tough issues.

“It will focus on youth education, crime prevention, and intervention so that young people are engaged and empowered to make good decisions,” said Rick Hanson, Calgary Police Chief.

These anti-crime programs target gangs, bullying, drugs and internet safety.

“This grant to the YouthLink Interpretive Centre puts the proceeds of crime back into the community to prevent crime, support victims and keep our youth safe,” Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General said.

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A total of $2.8 million support community crime prevention and victims’ services projects.