West Shore officers say they’re also tied up with mental-health patients at hospital
4 Apr 2021
View Royal is backing Victoria’s call to reinstate special constable status for hospital security guards.
Mayor David Screech says West Shore RCMP share Victoria police’s concern that officers are spending too many hours at Victoria General Hospital waiting to hand over people apprehended under the Mental Health Act as a danger to themselves or others.
“It’s really impeding their ability to police our areas properly and it’s clearly the same as Victoria,” said Screech. “We feel it’s a huge waste of resources to have a constable guarding people in that setting.”
View Royal council has written to Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general, asking him to reinstate peace-officer status for hospital security guards. Council has also written a letter of support to their colleagues in Victoria.