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May 13, 2014

Government grants support JIBC-led programs aimed at changing perceptions for police and at-risk youth

JIBC to explore improved cultural awareness training for police officers and pilot a youth crime prevention program

Two grants will fund the development of programs by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) that aim to enhance police training in B.C. and support youth crime prevention. 

The JIBC Foundation has received civil forfeiture grants totalling $305,000 from the Ministry of Justice. 

“These grants are very much appreciated,” said John Chesman, board chair of The JIBC Foundation. “This funding will support the development of new educational programs that will help keep our communities safe. It fulfills the Foundation’s mandate of raising funds that maintain JIBC’s international reputation for excellence, innovation and leadership in public safety education.” 

The Institute received $205,000 to begin the development process of new cultural awareness training for police officers and new recruits. The goal is to help officers across B.C. better respond to the needs of vulnerable people in culturally sensitive ways. 

“We have made steady progress on the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry recommendations and this grant for police training and youth crime prevention is part of our response,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton.  “It’s rewarding to see the proceeds of unlawful activity used in a way that responds to the needs of vulnerable British Columbians and enhances safety for all communities across the province.” 

“We appreciate the support from the Civil Forfeiture Office and the Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division of the Ministry of Justice,” said Dr. Michel Tarko, President and CEO of JIBC. “We are committed to working with the Police Services Division and all key stakeholders to begin the process of creating this new program.” 

JIBC also received a $100,000 grant to develop a creative youth crime prevention workshop where at-risk youth learn to overcome social pressures that limit their future. 

The program will be facilitated by instructors from JIBC’s law enforcement program and youth workers experienced in supporting at-risk youth. It will be piloted in a number of communities throughout the province.

About Justice Institute of British Columbia

 Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator. Our specialized programs lead to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates in Policing, Investigations, Emergency Management, Firefighting, Paramedicine, Sheriffs, Corrections, Counselling, Leadership, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, and Driver Training. JIBC also provides customized contract training to domestic and international governments, agencies and organizations. Our approach to education emphasizes applied learning and realistic simulations, delivered by instructors who are experienced practitioners. Close to 30,000 students study at JIBC annually. Their work makes communities safer, and helps people in need, throughout B.C., across Canada and around the world.

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