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The provincial government announced the funding of 10 new RCMP positions across Manitoba Friday.

Justice Minister Andrew Swan made the announcement. Manitoba's investment in RCMP enforcement now stands at more than $126 million a year, which amounts to 798 positions, the province said.

Where and what role those new Mounties will fill has yet to be determined. Assistant Commissioner Kevin Brosseau, commanding officer at RCMP Division D, said the new officers will most likely be front-line personnel, though that could change depending on the needs of the service.

"What we'll determine is where those officers will go based on the priorities of this province," Brosseau said.

Brosseau said the RCMP will explore the use of the extra manpower in its analytical and investigative departments.

Swan said the funding of 10 new positions comes as a result of a 20-year extension of the agreement between the province and the RCMP signed in 2012.

"The RCMP are responsible for a very significant portion of the province and the local detachment office is an important part of many communities across this province," Swan said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 12, 2014 0

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