Funding announced for new task force on child exploitation and drugs

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Premier Kathy Dunderdale has announced $1 million to create a new Task Force on Child Exploitation and Drugs. Pictured (from left): RNC Police Chief Robert Johnston; Dunderdale; Justice Minister Darin King; and Tracy Hardy, RCMP Assistant Commissioner and Commanding Officer, RCMP B Division - NL. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram

Premier Kathy Dunderdale was flanked by police and fellow politicians this morning to announce a new police task force to deal with child exploitation, illegal drugs and other serious crime.

The new task force will combine resources from the RNC and the RCMP.

Dunderdale said the province is kicking in $1 million in funding in the 2013 provincial budget.

"Our approach to policing and the security of our communities will remain proactive," Dunderdale said.

Justice Minister Darin King said the new unit will "provide safer communities."

A news release notes a framework has been established for the task force and specific details will be announced once the formal structure is in place. The team will consist of crime analysts, investigators, computer forensic specialists and other specialized members of both police services.

There have been significant investments in recent years in both of the province’s police services. Last year the province increased funding for the RNC Internet Child Exploitation Unit and the new RNC headquarters at Fort Townsend is expected to open in the coming months.

“Individuals involved in exploiting our youth do not adhere to jurisdictions, provinces or borders,” said RNC Chief Robert Johnston. “The creation of this new provincial enforcement team will enhance our ability to provide safer communities through policing excellence.”

 The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador also recently entered into a new 20-year agreement with the RCMP that will see the police service continue its valuable work throughout all regions of the province until at least 2032.

 “Tackling serious and organized crime is one of the Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP's strategic priorities,” said RCMP Assistant Commissioner and Commanding Officer Tracy Hardy. “The co-ordinated expertise of combined police resources, working with other enforcement and social services, will have a significant impact on the reduction of crime in our communities.”







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  • Hunter
    March 22, 2013 - 23:56

    I think this an idea that's about 15 years to late? $1 million is a good start-up for a new unit within the RNC. Lets hope they can make something of it. But laying charges is one thing - Having a judiciary that imposes stiff penalties is quite another. Looks like a "Photo Opp" for poor ol' Kathy Dunderdale. Danny Williams jumped into office and laid the ground-works for a power project he wanted to further his developments. Then he ran away to these "private interests" of his.... Does not leave Kathy much of a chance for survival. B'ys who we gonna vote for in 2015? Looks like our politicians think we are stupid.

  • Public Observer
    March 22, 2013 - 17:12

    How easy they use the word excellence and associate it with policing. That is the problem, mediocrity accepted as excellence. Policing needs a major overhaul starting with recruitment, and leadership. The two go hand in hand and neither is very good at the moment!

  • Derrick W
    March 22, 2013 - 13:52

    Kathy, Kathy, Kathy, What in the hell are you doing at all ??? How could you have possibly made such a mess of the good things that Newfoundland had going for it ?? You've got a couple of good ministers in your caucus. Too bad youre hauling them down with you. If they were smart, they'd get clear of you just like Tom Osbourne did. I know there's nothing we can do to stop Muskrat Falls now but the payback is gonna be when your party gets voted out of office in 2015 and you wont be there to take any credit when it Muskrat is finished. Where's Danny when we really need him ?? And youre trying to advance women in politics ?? Look in the mirror woman. You're tarnishing any chance they have of being equal or better than men. I am floored at the mess our province is now in under your watch. And I thought you were our glimmer of hope. I guess power corrupts.

    • Eli
      March 22, 2013 - 14:48

      Care to name those few "good" ministers. All I see is lackies.

  • Eliot Ness
    March 22, 2013 - 13:25

    Don't use this money or team for a couple of grams of marijuana. We are expecting you to do an excellent job in catching, charging and successfully prosecuting (to the highest degree) the drug dealers who are dealing in coke, E, oxy's, prescription pills, crack etc. Maybe this team won't be afraid to do something.

  • Danny
    March 22, 2013 - 12:21

    Must be a typo.$1 million? Half million for leaflets promoting M Falls & $1 million for this task program.Beyond reproach or repair this gov is promoting crime by this joke.

  • Kevin
    March 22, 2013 - 12:20

    You are right...........the government and BLUNDERdales morons have all of us Newfoundlanders and Labradorians made out to be either STUPID or IDIOTS. When those governemnt ministers and also the premier look in the mirror, that IS THE DEFINITION OF STUPID AND IDIOTS !!!!!!!!!!

  • Julie
    March 22, 2013 - 12:17

    Fearmongering about crime - especially involving children - is a page right out of the Republican rule book. You got every parent and grandparent's attention with this announcement Dunderdale, yet you really did next to nothing. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this money was taken from a more established and functional program in order to give you this photo op. I just hope that Newfoundlanders smarten up enough to see through this BS.

  • whatever bud
    March 22, 2013 - 11:36

    Harper's puppet only knows how to fund the police and the military. 2015,remember these things: Bill 29,massive job cuts,Muskrat Falls. She will probably buy everyone a bucket of chicken and a bottle of Lambs during the next election and they will RUN to vote for her. Don't be fooled-REMEMBER.

  • Eli
    March 22, 2013 - 11:32

    Only a matter of time before King calls on John Noseworthy to determine what the hell everybody is supposed to be doing. At a fee of course. $148,000.00 comes to mind.

  • wavy
    March 22, 2013 - 10:18

    "Look at us- we're doing stuff!" This is nothing but a knee-jerk reaction to the Tessier Pl. incident for the sake of a photo op. "We've got a problem- let's throw money at it and hope it goes away". How creative.

  • Islander
    March 22, 2013 - 10:11

    I am for cutting down on crime and prevention but what about the ones who are addicts and new rehabilitation..... We have to face it we have full blown addicts in every corner or our province and no place for them to seek help for this..... The crime rate is out of control and policing yes is the first step but prevention is also a step that is being ignored..... REHABILITATION and safe detox places for these addicts and if they reoffend the second time after receiving help then the extent of the law should come down on them..... Help them first ....

  • philly
    March 22, 2013 - 09:47

    Photo op for Blunderdale. Nothing will save you now, you have turned the people of NL against you and your government.

  • Concerned
    March 22, 2013 - 09:19

    $1 million dollars, now that's going to make a great big difference????? This government must thinks we all have STUPID written on our heads.