WINNIPEG - The Manitoba RCMP have received more than half a million dollars from the province to support new resources as well as expand the use of the HealthIM assessment tool.
HealthIM helps determine the most appropriate response when police respond to mental health crisis calls.
Minister Cliff Cullen said, “The HealthIM system can be used to help resolve situations safely, both for people in the midst of a mental health crisis and the police officers who respond. This is part of our government’s commitment to utilizing police resources more effectively to combat serious, violent crime.”
Last year, the province announced $310,000 in investments to make the HealthIM tool available across the province including for the Winnipeg Police Service, Brandon Police Service and RCMP detachments in Steinbach, Thompson and Portage la Prairie. It is being expanded to include additional RCMP detachments and other users, allowing officers to stay on the street to fight crime.
The Province is also making significant investments in the RCMP to support public safety and crime prevention, with a particular focus on initiatives that keep young people out of the criminal justice system. These include:
$75,000 for the Shamattawa detachment to support 40 girls and young women from the community gain personal strength and self-confidence through participation in a Girl Guides summer camp;
nearly $16,000 to support the expansion of a junior rangers outdoor program for young people, with a focus on team-building and life skills, operated through the Snow Lake detachment;
$13,000 to support the Liberty FC football club in Winnipeg, intended to keep young people who are refugees connected to a positive recreational experience;
$30,000 to establish a community garden and wellness area for the Moose Lake community; and
nearly $7,200 for the Norway House detachment to provide animal care sessions at local schools and training workshops on building doghouses, which will be provided to dog owners once completed to support stronger animal protection in the community.