Woman died despite rules to prevent suicide

The rules governing operations at the Canada Border Services Agency’s YVR holding cells contain a suicide prevention policy, but it is unclear whether security staff monitoring the cells had implemented it in the case of a Mexican woman who hanged herself in December.

Under the rules, security personnel contracted by CBSA to monitor the cells are supposed to receive training to help them identify potentially suicidal individuals, according to a policy manual obtained by The Sun under the Access to Information Act.

“The interpersonal communication techniques will assist the person in the short term, until mental health professional help is available …”

Detainees identified as high risk must be confirmed to be alive and breathing every 15 minutes, combined with closed-caption TV monitoring.

“It is mandatory that any person requiring this level of observation will be moved to the Vancouver City (jail) within an hour or two,” the manual says.

Tara Carman Reports

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