Name of lead department(s): Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
Lead department program activity: Canadian Firearms Program
Start date of the Horizontal Initiative: May 2004
End date of the Horizontal Initiative: Ongoing
Total federal funding allocation (start to end date): $22.5 million over 5 years
Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):
NWEST is a partnership with Canadian municipal and provincial police services. It supports law enforcement efforts to counter the illegal movement of firearms into and within Canada and their subsequent violent criminal use.
NWEST plays an integral role in the fight against organized crime and terrorism in Canada.
The RCMP provides funding for the secondment of police officers from partner police services as well as funds for vehicles and other support equipment; office space is provided by municipal and provincial police services in some areas.
MOUs are entered into with other police services for the secondment of officers to the NWEST.