Each year, Transit Police encounter an increasing number of vulnerable people with mental illness. In 2014, the number of police files where mental illness was considered to be a factor increased significantly. Many of these individuals present a significant risk of harm to themselves, which can all too often result in tragedy.
Transit Police is committed to providing appropriate and effective support to vulnerable people in crisis. We work closely at a strategic level with partners, such as Police Mental Health Liaison Officers, health teams and community organizations across Metro Vancouver, to deal with mental health related incidents. This is important work that goes almost unseen by the public.
A significant focus of our work is on early intervention, prevention and referrals for community services. This ensures that the people who Transit Police encounter receive the right care and support to ultimately help them.