Citizens on Patrol Programs (COPP) across Manitoba recently saw a major boost in the form of $110,000 through the Federal Proceeds of Crime Fund.

Provincial Justice Minister Cliff Cullen made the announcement last week that they would be supporting COPP initiatives with the grant created by forfeited proceeds of federal offences in Manitoba.

Winkler COPP organizer Dustin Brown notes the funds were given directly to the provincial board which oversees all 55 community groups. The support will be used for new equipment and training.

He says they've formed a strong relationship with Manitoba Justice. "This just goes to show they're committed to supporting crime prevention programs like COPP."

Along with directing the Winkler COPP volunteers, Brown sits on the provincial board representing both the South Central (RM of Louise, Stanley, Winkler) and South East (Woodridge, RM of Stuartburn, Steinbach) regions.

"It's a big area to cover, a lot of activity going on in these communities," he says adding some groups have fewer members, but who take on more evening shifts, and others have a larger volunteer base who go out less frequently.

Brown says they have eight active members in Winkler and are looking for more.