The Canadian Press

2022-01-25 | Alta Calgary Police

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Calgary police are piloting a five-month call diversion initiative with 9-1-1 and 2-1-1 to assist locals who need mental health, addictions or social service supports. Starting in February, some 9-1-1 callers will be connected to the Distress Centre Calgary or the 2-1-1 line rather than to police, as long as they are not in a life-threatening or criminal situation. Superintendent Asif Rashid (AH'-seef rah-'SHEED) says the project began earlier this month with 2-1-1 call takers virtually working side-by-side with 9-1-1 operators to iron out details of the partnership. (Edmonton city council reallocated almost 11-million dollars in December to social agencies to assist with mental-health calls rather than adding the money to the police budget.)

Date: 2022-01-25
Placeline: CALGARY.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 18 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << as Community Partners and part of our overall commitment to our city the CPS Calgary 9 1 and 2 and 1/2 collaboratively over the last several months to find a long-term solution to assist people in distress and those who are better served by mental health addiction of Social Services rather than just a police response >>


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