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#2561 pontcanna

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Posted 25 January 2023 - 01:11 AM

Who’s a good boy? Saanich Police recruit stress dog named Beacon

Jan. 24, 2023 

Stress dog Beacon is the newest member of the Saanich Police department.

It’s two paws forward for Saanich Police.

The police detachment is welcoming its newest member, an Operational Stress Intervention dog that’s not only trained to sense anxiety in staff but, wagging tail and all, comfort victims of crime during in-person interviews.

The two-year-old black lab named Beacon was donated to Saanich Police by Wounded Warriors Canada in partnership with Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs (VICD), a division of BC Guide Dogs, police said Tuesday.




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Posted 26 January 2023 - 06:51 AM

Victoria’s own ‘Car 87:’ New team of police and psychiatric nurse to answer mental health calls


More details about the program, first launched in Vancouver, will be announced next week



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Posted 27 January 2023 - 03:42 AM

VPD officer urged hospital to admit Const. Nicole Chan the night before she died




Chan, 30, spent about two hours at the VGH access and assessment centre before she was discharged at 11:35 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2019, and taken home by a VPD member. She was found dead the next morning. 



On Wednesday, Jamie Gifford, Chan's boyfriend and roommate told coroner's court that Chan had grown increasingly depressed in the weeks before her death.


"She was very upset there was nothing getting solved over her case, and she felt very hopeless that she had lost her career," said Gifford. "She was very upset that all the people that put her in this position to lose her job were still able to work and could go on with their life like nothing happened."


Gifford said his relationship with Chan had become strained, and when he told her on Jan 26, 2019, he was going to spend some time at a friend's house, she became distraught and appeared to threaten suicide. 



Gifford said he left their apartment at his friends' urging, taking potentially dangerous items with him. As he was leaving, he met Chan returning, and she assured him she was OK, he said.


Gifford found Chan's body when he returned to the apartment the next morning. A suicide note was presented in coroner's court as evidence. 




Edited by Victoria Watcher, 27 January 2023 - 03:44 AM.

#2564 Barrrister

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Posted 27 January 2023 - 09:12 AM

This is just sad.

#2565 pontcanna

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Posted 28 January 2023 - 08:00 PM

VicPD to review circumstances that led to family learning of son’s death online

Jan. 28, 2023 

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Scott Grier's family learned of his death when they did a Google search for him on his birthday.

Victoria Police say it is conducting a review to determine if there are additional steps it could have taken to prevent a family learning of their son’s death eight months after the fact, and in a Google search.

Scott Grier would have been 36 last week, but he died eight months ago while living on the streets in Victoria.

On his birthday, Scott’s parents searched the web for their son and instead found his obituary.

The family reached out to police, who told her to reach out to the BC Coroners Service. The coroner confirmed Scott died of a fentanyl overdose on May 16, 2022.

When trying to find answers for why the family wasn’t notified, no departments would take responsibility. The Ministry of Social Development saying it is the BC Coroner’s responsibility to notify next-of-kin and the coroner saying it is Victoria Police’s responsibility.

In a response on Friday, VicPD says it has started a review of the file to see if something could have been done to prevent this outcome.


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Posted 29 January 2023 - 04:17 PM

Grumpy Taxpayers:

But municipalities paid anywhere from 4.6 per cent of their operating expenses in Metchosin, to a high of 25.6 per cent in Victoria/Esquimalt on policing.

Costs are trending upwards: Since 2016, Victoria’s share of their budget going to policing has risen from 22.8 to 25.8 per cent, and Esquimalt’s rose from 22.9 to 25 per cent.

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Posted 29 January 2023 - 04:19 PM

I think Esquimalt is getting a bad deal.

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Posted 29 January 2023 - 04:22 PM

In 2019 Saanich police was less than 15% of their municipal budget.


#2569 Nparker

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Posted 29 January 2023 - 04:22 PM

It must be all of those new nightclubs that have opened downtown since 2016 that are driving up policing costs.
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Posted 30 January 2023 - 07:30 AM

Or maybe, revellers are still gathering at former nightclub locations and just skipping straight to the fighting and social disarray, 2005-style?

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Posted 30 January 2023 - 08:05 PM

Island Health and VicPD Launch Co-Response Team

January 30, 2023

Victoria, BC – VicPD, in partnership with Island Health, has launched the Co-Response Team (CRT) – a central response resource for calls involving presumed mental health issues. This new program pairs a registered mental health clinician with a police officer to respond together to calls for service in Victoria and Esquimalt that involve a significant mental health component.
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The Island Health & VicPD Co-Response Team partners a mental health clinician with a VicPD officer trained in trauma-informed approaches

Operating from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week, this new team expands and increases the mental health response continuum, adding to the existing interdisciplinary Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams, the Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team (IMCRT) and the peer-led, non-police community-based Peer Assisted Care Teams (PACT). The CRT is modelled on the successes of similar programs, with an increased focus on enhancing the front-line patrol response needed in Victoria and Esquimalt.

“VicPD has long advocated for resources to help improve our response to mental health calls,” Chief Del Manak said. “This is an initiative that will ensure the citizens of Victoria and Esquimalt have a high level of both mental health care and safety when officers respond to mental health calls, and that our frontline officers can remain focused on responding to calls where police should lead, such as preventing and investigating crime, and maintaining public safety.”

“These collaborative efforts aim to reduce harm to people in crisis, the community and clinical mental health staff,” said Island Health Board Chair Leah Hollins. “These services provide rapid interventions, connect people with services and aim to reduce a person’s involvement with emergency health services, the criminal justice system and law enforcement.”

“When people are in crisis because of mental health or substance use challenges, they need to be met with care and compassion,” says Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “The new Co-Response Team in Victoria will support people in distress and connect them to the help they need and deserve.”
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VicPD officers with CRT have specialized training in responding to and supporting people through client-centered, trauma-informed approaches and de-escalation. They work in an integrated team approach alongside registered clinicians who are mental health specialists. Together, they will assess and manage the situation, deciding on the most appropriate action, which may include referrals for community-based mental health follow-up or emergency intervention.

The CRT is already having a positive impact by providing service that frees up Patrol resources, either through direct response or taking over continuity of care after a person has been transported to hospital for a mental health assessment. The result is that the Patrol officers can return to the road to respond to 911 calls for service much more quickly and that the person in need has immediate access to registered clinician with mental health expertise and the support of a police officer to help ensure their safety while they await assessment.


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Posted 31 January 2023 - 09:49 AM

Jack Knox: Plainclothes VicPD officer to partner with health worker on mental-health calls

A new unit will see a plainclothes Victoria police officer and a health professional partner in an unmarked car, responding to crises traditionally handled by uniformed cops.

by Jack Knox

At first blush, the question about the latest collaboration between VicPD and Island Health isn’t whether it will work, but whether it will be enough, given the volume of mental-health calls the police field.

They announced it Monday: A new unit in which a plainclothes police officer and a health professional partner in an unmarked car, responding to crises traditionally handled by uniformed cops.

The Co-Response Team was actually launched two weeks ago and has already had success, Police Chief Del Manak told a Monday news conference. He used the example of a call about a guy acting strangely, an incident the mental-health professional was able to resolve simply by helping the man refill a prescription over the phone.

“Had this been a police-only response, the person would most likely have been transported to the hospital because our officer would not have had the expertise to ask those probing questions and to come up with a solution other than to apprehend him under the Mental Health Act,” Manak said.

The Co-Response Team model is not new. Similar teams have been used for years in other places around B.C., including Nanaimo in recent times. It works well, supporters say, and fits the belief that police shouldn’t be taking the lead on calls that are primarily about mental health.

When the unit shows up, the specially trained officer’s role is largely to keep everybody safe while the mental-health worker does mental-health worker things. Together, they de-escalate things.

That’s great as far as it goes, but will it go far enough? Note that the Co-Response Team only consists of two, two-person teams, spelling each other off while providing service from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Mental-health crises happen at night, too. Also, the unit covers only VicPD territory, Victoria and Esquimalt, not the rest of the community.

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#2573 LJ

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Posted 31 January 2023 - 07:48 PM

Mental-health crises happen at night, too. Also, the unit covers only VicPD territory, Victoria and Esquimalt, not the rest of the community.


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