For the past year, a social worker has been installed at the Trois-Rivières police headquarters because interventions with individuals in crisis have multiplied and her expertise has become essential.
The results of this collaboration with the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center of Mauricie-et-du-Center-du-Québec (CIUSSS MCQ) are positive, according to police authorities.
The statistics are sobering. The number of calls received by the Trois-Rivières police concerning mental health problems has almost doubled in four years, going from 428 in 2015 to 838 in 2019.
The contribution of a social worker was necessary. The results are conclusive according to the director René Martin. “It helped change the way we do things,” he said. Our teams are better prepared when they go into the field. ”
Social worker Marylène Ménard provides tools and advice to police officers to improve their approach to recurring cases. More than a hundred intervention plans concerning individuals have been put in place.
“The police can consult a register and adapt their methods according to the individual targeted before going there,” she told TVA Nouvelles on Wednesday.
The problem goes beyond the limits of Trois-Rivières. The same type of collaboration with the CIUSSS MCQ will soon see the light of day in the territories served by the Sûreté du Québec in Mauricie.