Police kept busy over long weekend with calls related to people experiencing mental health crisis’

Salmon Arm

2021-05-25 13:32 HAP

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Aux termes de la Loi sur les langues officielles, ce bureau n'offre des services au public qu'en anglais. Vous trouverez des renseignements généraux dans les deux langues officielles au cb.grc.ca et www.grc.ca.

This past long weekend, local front line Salmon Arm RCMP officers responded to five situations, which involved people experiencing a mental health related crisis.

Anecdotally, Salmon Arm RCMP continues to be called to assist those experiencing a mental health crisis at a relatively high rate, states S/Sgt. Scott West, Detachment Commander for the Salmon Arm RCMP. This past long weekend was no exception.

He adds, my front line officers responded to situations where 5 people found themselves in crisis. Although long weekends and holidays tend to result in more calls for help, the local Salmon Arm RCMP recognize that during the 2020 May long weekend police responded to only 1 call for police service.

In one case, an individual associated to a Mental Health Act Director’s Warrant for the apprehension of a patient, allegedly fled from police on a small electric recreational vehicle. A Police Dog Services canine team was called in to assist with a search of a wooded area for the individual, who was eventually apprehended without incident. He was immediately taken to hospital for immediate medical assessment and care.

In another case, front line police officers worked for an extended period of time to de-escalate a tense situation and managed to negotiate the safe apprehension and transport of another individual to hospital to receive the medical and mental health attention they required.

In each of these situations police worked to ensure all people received the professional medical help they needed in a timely manner.

We encourage anyone experiencing any difficulty to reach out for help. Remember, you are not alone.

For additional information on resources and programs related to mental health, visit the Canadian Mental Health Association website at www.cmha.ca

Released by:
S/Sgt. Scott West
Detachment Commander
Salmon Arm RCMP


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Cap. Jesse O'Donaghey

S.-off. conseiller de district (Relations avec les médias)
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