This Is What Quebec Is Doing With 'Dirty Money' Confiscated From Criminal Activity
They've got $7.7 million.
- Have you ever wondered what the police do with all that ?
- Well, now we know exactly who's getting what.
- The government of Quebec is divvying up $7.7 million in "dirty money" and here's where it's going. 👇
Have you ever wondered what the police do with all the stuff they confiscate? You know, what they actually do, not what we see in movies like 21 Jump Street.
Well, it turns out that in Quebec, the money is being turned back towards fighting more crime, which is definitely less exciting than what we see in the movies, but is interesting nonetheless.
According to a statement by Quebec's Public Safety Minister, Geneviève Guilbault, the government plans to return $7.7 million that has been seized in Quebec while fighting crime.
The statement gives no indication about where that $7.7 million came from or over what period of time it was collected, only that it was "seized from criminal organizations."
Guilbault hopes that by distributing the funds throughout the province we will be better equipt to combat and prevent crime across the province.
The money is going to be divvied up between different bodies throughout the province in an effort to "prevent and counter crime."
By using the "dirty money" confiscated from organized crime to continue to fight crime in Quebec, Guilbault apparently hopes to "strike a balance."
Here's how the funds are going to be split up.
Of the $7.7 million, the biggest chunk is going to the City of Montreal, who will be receiving a nice piece of the pie, nearly $2.8 million, according to the statement.
That amount is likely going to be split again, once in the city's hands, to go to the different crime-fighting bodies that exist in the city, such as the SPVM.
Other municipalities will share just $678,000, though Indigenous communities will be taking home $1.6 million.
The next biggest recipient will be the Surete du Québec, Québec's provincial police force, who will be taking away $2.6 million, nearly as much as the city of Montreal.
Lastly, both Crime Stoppers and Info-Crime, anonymous tip hotlines that aid in the collection of crime-related information often provided by civilians, will receive $160,000 each.
If you, like me, did the math on that and came back with $7,998,000 (which sounds more like $8 million than $7.7), then I'm glad that my math isn't as bad as I thought it was in high school. Evidently, these are rounded sums and won't add up perfectly.
It does seem fair that those who helped or contributed to the "seizure of these assets," now get to reap the benefits through this redistribution program.
Who knew illegal activities could end up benefitting the city, and province as a whole, so much?
To read the statement in full, head to the Sécurité publique page here (in French).