April 5th, 2019 - St. Thomas Police Officers responded to sixty three calls for
service between 6 am Tuesday April 2nd and 6 am Wednesday April 3rd.
Many of the calls police responded to were sparked by social disorder such as mental
health, addictions, poverty and homelessness. These situations require extended
officer attention and tie up emergency response for hours. Here is a snap shot of
what the day looked like for our dedicated staff:
- -homeless couple squatting in brother’s rental room at assisted living facility
paid for by government.
- -homeless man acting irrational in local grocery store
- -suicidal male threatening to harm himself with weapon
- -homeless drug addicts found sleeping in apartment hallway
- -fight in lobby of Ontario Works Office
- -woman yelling at dumpster in alleyway, police believe behaviour is crystal meth
- -mental health patient on form for treatment flees hospital
- -disturbance at residence as female with mental health issues contacts police because
friend is being mean
- -woman calls police to report men in trees watching her, officers believe she was
- -homeless man sleeping on bench in McDonalds……
- -(an hour later)…..homeless man sleeping on bench in Tim Hortons
All of these calls required a mental health/social services/social housing/addiction
services coordinated response. There is little the police can do alone. Fortunately
for the St. Thomas Police Service we have the full support of our Police Services
Board and our City Council in keeping our Mental Health Response Worker on board.
Now we keep our fingers crossed for funding.