Vancouver Police seeing a plateau in number of mental health arrests

Vancouver police say they are finally seeing a plateau in the number of mental-health related arrests following years of rising numbers.

A packed room of professionals and advocates met Saturday at the Symposium for Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System to discuss the complex issues of working with people who are mentally ill that come into contact with police, courts and corrections in B.C.

Sgt. Lynn Noftle, with the Vancouver Police Department’s mental health unit, said that usually first involves an apprehension under Section 28 of the B.C. Mental Health Act, which allows police to take a person facing a mental health crisis into custody before escorting them to a physician.

Nick Eagland reports.

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