RICHMOND — Richmond will receive $1,517,434 in unconditional funding from the B.C. government’s Strategic Community Investment Fund, MLAs Teresa Wat, John Yap and Linda Reid announced today.

Funding is coming from the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Program — part of almost $74 million being invested into communities across B.C. to help cover costs of policing, new equipment, increased community safety initiatives, infrastructure and other priorities.

“This grant will help enhance community safety and policing here in Richmond by providing resources and support to maintain necessary programs,” Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat said.

“The traffic fine revenue sharing program will allow Richmond to continue developing crime prevention and safety programs as well as increase services that may be in need of funding,” Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap said.

“Richmond police officers work tirelessly to keep our communities safe,” Richmond East MLA Linda Reid said. “This funding allows local law enforcement to maintain essential programs and services that protect our citizens.”

The Strategic Community Investment Fund includes the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Program, Small Community Grant and Regional District Grant Programs. The Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing program directly assists eligible municipalities that pay police enforcement costs. Funding comes from ticket fines and court-imposed fines on violation tickets.

For more information on the Strategic Community Investment fund, go to cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/policy_research/local_government_grants.htm.