Public Safety Minister Toews Commends Collaborative Efforts of Law Enforcement on Project Soccer

Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:40pm EST

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  OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Dec 15 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, made the
following statement today commending the Service de police de la Ville de
Montreal (SPVM), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canada Border
Services Agency (CBSA) on Project Soccer, a joint initiative that halted
a network of vehicles allegedly stolen in Montreal and destined for
Africa.

    "I applaud the collaboration of law enforcement on this initiative,
involving the Service de police de la Ville de Montreal, RCMP and CBSA"
said the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety. "These actions
once again demonstrate how the outstanding cooperation between law
enforcement agencies makes our communities safer. Our government remains
committed to ensuring that our law enforcement agencies have the tools
they need to tackle crime."

    The Government of Canada recently made legislative amendments to the
Criminal Code, which will come into force upon proclamation, to address
auto theft and trafficking in property obtained by crime (Bill S-9). This
legislation will help the CBSA and law enforcement partners in preventing
the exportation of property obtained by crime, including stolen vehicles. 

    For more information on Project Soccer, please see the Service de police
de la Ville de Montreal (SPVM) news release
(http://www.spvm.qc.ca/fr/documentation/3_1_2_communiques.asp?nocomm=770).

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