Vancouver police unveil mental-health strategy

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The Vancouver Police Department has released a mental health strategy that is being described as important, progressive and thoughtful by local organizations.

“I really do want to commend the VPD for this step because it’s an important step,” said Michael Anhorn, executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver-Fraser Branch.

The 41-page document, which was released publicly on Thursday, is the department’s response to an increasing number of police interactions with people who have mental illnesses — as offenders and, more often, as victims — and sets out a framework for how the VPD interacts with these people.



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