Police to fund 24/7 paramedic presence in detention unit
The change comes after the second daytime death in two years at the detention unit
By Ryan Kessler
SASKATOON, Canada — After a second daytime death in its detention unit in three years, the Saskatoon Police Service will see expanded hours for detention unit paramedics. Police Chief Clive Weighill brought the recommendation before the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Thursday.
“We’re dealing lots of times with people with mental health and addictions issues. So we really, really don’t know what we’ve got on our hands,” Weighill said.
The police commissioners voted in favour of expanding hours for a paramedic presence 24 hours per day through the end of 2016 — a cost of $163,000 in the current police operating budget if implemented by May 1.