Saskatoon’s Chief of Police is renewing calls for a rapid detox wellness centre in the city. This, as he submits a report on the death of a man in police custody in 2010.
'We need a wellness centre here' - Police Chief Clive Weighill
Police Chief Clive Weighill submits a report to the Board of Police Commissioners on Thursday, outlining all the changes made following a Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Brandon Travis Daniels.
The inquest was held last fall, and resulted in a number of recommendations.
Weighill said Daniels’ death was a catalyst for change in the police lock-up. In fact, it convinced police and the health region to have a paramedic on duty at the jail.
Still, Weighill believes more can be done to help people with substance abuse problems. But he said, police can’t do it alone.
"We need a wellness centre here where people can go to, get some treatment, get stabilized, and then get the treatment they need immediately."
Police service diversity report also due at meeting
Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill will also present a report to the Board of Police Commissioners on Thursday outlining the force’s ability to hire a more representative workforce.
Weighill said he'd like the force to reflect the community it serves.
According to a report prepared by the police, about 51 per cent of the force is made up of women, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, or visible minorities.
Weighill said they're always trying to do better, and added that the biggest challenge right now is finding good candidates in a strong job market.