Community Mobilization Unit
The Community Mobilization Unit is part of our Patrol Services division. It is comprised of one Sergeant, who supervises the unit, and eight sworn members. Four of the officers make up the Community Crisis Response Team, while the other four are Community Safety Officers. The Community Safety Officers are assigned to our area schools and at the Neighbourhood Resource Centre.
Community Crisis Response Team
The formation of the Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT) consists of a working partnership between the Sault Area Hospital (SAH) and the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service. The goal of the CCRT is to improve outcomes between the Police and those experiencing mental health and or addiction challenges/crisis.
Uniform officers partner with a Crisis Staff member (Registered Nurse, CRISIS Social Worker.) The unit responds to active incidents where individuals are suffering from mental illness and/or emotional disturbance in our community with the goal of stabilizing the CRISIS, decreasing the frequency of further crisis and to prevent future incidents. This model provides clients with the necessary resources, knowledge and skills. The unit is able to perform assessment at the time and if necessary make appropriate apprehensions of those who are in very high levels of crisis.
Community Safety Officers
These officers are integrated into the schools in our community to foster educational programs and activities. Having visibility and forming relationships with our young people increases students’ knowledge and respect for the law and the function of law enforcement agencies.
These officers also act swiftly and cooperatively when responding to major disruptions and flagrant criminal offences within the school environments.
Neighbourhood Resource Centre
The Neighbourhood Resource Centre (NRC) was launched in 2014 as a collaborative approach to dealing with root causes of crime and crisis. In that time the NRC has grown from housing eight partner agencies to more than 40. The NRC serves as a hub for people in the Gore Street and downtown area to access health care, food and other services they otherwise may not have access to.
An officer is assigned to work in a mobilization and engagement capacity with several community agencies, partners and residents to improve community safety and overall well-being with individuals and neighbourhoods in our downtown core.