With forfeiture, there’s no disconnect between enforcement and the benefit of enforcement, lawyer says
Ian Froese · CBC News · Posted: Nov 30, 2019 6:00 AM CT | Last Updated: 3 hours ago
Numerous police forces across Canada — including Ontario Provincial Police, as pictured above — have adopted drone technology. The Winnipeg Police Service is buying a drone using part of the half-million dollars it is receiving through criminal forfeiture this year. (OPP)
Shouldn’t victims of the crimes be the primary recipient of the civil forfeitures not police. At least with the RCMP 90% of their share has been going to support community initiatives.
In a 2016 study of civil forfeiture laws, the Canadian Constitution Foundation gave Manitoba a failing grade, in part, for giving a “much lower amount” of the proceeds to victims than law enforcement and other agencies.
In MB after legislation allowed seizing property under $75,000 without the courts the criminal property forfeiture fund went from doling out $193,000 in 2011-12 to more than $2 million annually the last few years.