EDMONTON — Alberta will restrict the use of body armour and bullet-proof vests as part of a crackdown on criminal gang activity.
Justice Minister Alison Redford says only those with permits — including police, ambulance attendants and security guards — will be allowed to wear protective outerwear
Redford has also announced legislation that will allow police and prosecutors to provide short-term security for witnesses who fear for their safety.
The minister is also amending legislation to allow municipalities to recover the cost of criminal activity.
Police will be given expanded powers to seize the proceeds of crime, including vehicles and houses used for marijuana grow operations.
Redford says the new laws will make it more difficult for criminals to do business in Alberta.