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WINNIPEG officials want to know what happened to their portion of $14 million in federal money to hire 15 more police officers for city streets.
The money was made available in 2008 under the Harper government's $400 million Police Officers Recruitment Fund, intended to put 2,500 more police officers on the street nationally over the five years.
The province said the federal dollars would go toward hiring 30 police officers across Manitoba, including 15 for the Winnipeg Police Service.
Three years later, city officials say they haven't received the money to hire the additional officers.
St. Vital Coun. Gord Steeves said councillors want to find out what happened to their portion before Winnipeg's operating budget is tabled sometime next month.
On Monday, the city's protection and community services committee will vote on a motion to give the province one month to confirm an exact date when the 15 additional officers will be provided.
"We've known about this for a while but the money has not materialized," Steeves said. "The officers have not been produced."
Manitoba government spokeswoman Rachel Morgan said the province will work with the city to deliver any outstanding federal funds.
"We clearly want to work with the city to make sure the funds get to them," she said Friday.