NEWS
03/03/2016 12:09 EST | Updated 03/04/2017 00:12 EST

La Loche gets more help for police-based victims services after shooting

LA LOCHE, Sask. — A northern Saskatchewan community where a deadly school shooting occurred is getting more help to recover.

The Ministry of Justice is giving an organization called North Sask. Victims Services $60,000 for a second police-based victim services position in La Loche.

A teacher and a teacher's aide were killed and seven others wounded in a shooting at the La Loche high school in January, and two teenage brothers were shot dead in a nearby home.

Victim services workers from throughout the North have been in La Loche to respond to an increased demand for help since the shooting.

Victim services employees work with police and provide information and support to help lessen the immediate and long-term effects felt by victims of crime.

Justice Minister Gordon Wyant says he knows more needs to be done to support La Loche in the shooting's aftermath.

"I saw the outstanding work victim services employees are doing in La Loche when I visited in late February, and have no doubt this new position will help meet the significant demand for victims services in the area on an ongoing basis," Wyant said in a news release Thursday.

"This new position represents an initial step in addressing immediate needs in the community as we continue to explore additional long-term options."

The Canadian Press