Toronto Police get grants for new toys and victim assistance

Toronto police will receive five provincial grants totalling almost $292,000, to be used for new gagdets and interview room renovations.

Among the new toys are CSI-esque state-of-the-art 3-D laser scanning equipment, at a cost of $69,000, and $3,400 worth of new surveillance and camera equipment. It is not yet confirmed whether some of the money will go towards beefing up police stock of Super Soakers.

About $25,000 will be spent on a new interview room, designed to make crime victims feel more comfortable. "When somebody's been traumatized by a crime or is coming to see police for the first time as a witness to the crime, the rather stark nature of our interview rooms -- the desk, a couple of metal chairs -- can be quite intimidating," police Chief Bill Blair told the Canadian Press.

The grant money is being made available under the province's Civil Remedies Grant program.

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