10/17/2012 02:49 EDT | Updated 12/17/2012 05:12 EST

Amount of assets seized under Manitoba crime law now tops $3.1M

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government says it has seized a total of $3.1 million in property, vehicles and other assets under a law aimed at cutting into crime proceeds.

Justice Minister Andrew Swan says more goods are being seized through court proceedings under the Criminal Property Forfeiture Act, which became law in 2004.

The law allows the province to take property from criminals, sell it, and use the money to fund police programs or support services for crime victims.

Swan has announced $60,000 in grants to agencies that counsel relatives of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

He also announced $592,000 for the Winnipeg Police Service to purchase new equipment, including a sonar scanner for underwater search teams and a portable training lab at the police academy.