The Chatham-Kent Police Service was awarded grant funding through the Minister of the Solicitor General for Project Waypoint; an endeavour to increase and enhance Victim supports in investigations that involve Human Trafficking, Child Exploitation, and Intimate Partner violence.
Some of the funding is earmarked for various training initiatives, public awareness and education, technological advancements, and facilities improvements including:
• Intensive Child Forensic Interview training for Officers in partnership with Child and Youth workers from LinCK, to create a consistent and reliable approach to interviewing of child victims
• Improvements to interview spaces using evidenced based and trauma-informed guidelines
• Technological advancements to assist in detection, extraction, and categorization of data in investigations involving internet child exploitation
• Various educational and public awareness campaigns related to Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation
The Chatham-Kent Police Service is committed to prioritizing the safety and well-being of victims, offering immediate support and ensuring their physical security. This commitment extends to ensuring victims’ voices are heard, advocating for their rights, and pursuing justice on their behalf. Project Waypoint underscores the role of the Chatham-Kent Police Service as protectors and advocates for the community’s most vulnerable in working to restore a sense of security and justice for those affected.