07/12/2013 01:35 EDT | Updated 09/11/2013 05:12 EDT

Winnipeg police getting $356K for equipment from seized criminal property fund

WINNIPEG - Organized crime's loss is a gain for Winnipeg police.

Manitoba Attorney General Andrew Swan says city police are getting $356,000 from property seized from criminals.

The cash will be used to buy two cargo vans, surveillance equipment and an automated licence-plate reader.

Swan says the money is part of $1 million in grants from the criminal property forfeiture fund that is to be doled out this summer.

Winnipeg police Chief Devon Clunis (deh-VAHN' KLOO'-nihs) says money is at the heart of organized crime.

He says the fund deprives criminals of cash and instead uses the ill-gotten gains to fight crime.