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 Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT), while the other four are Community Safety Officers. The Community Safety Officers are assigned to our area schools.
Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT)
The team operates is a collaborative effort of sworn Officers trained in Mental Health, alongside Sault Area Hospital (SAH) Crisis Services Clinicians (Registered Psychiatric nurses, Social workers). Together we respond to individuals who are suffering from mental illness and/or emotional distress in the community. The goal of the unit is to stabilize the crisis, decrease the frequency of further crisis and prevent future incidents by providing the individual with necessary knowledge, skills, and referrals to partner agencies. If the team determines there are significant concerns for the safety/wellness of an individual, Officers have the ability under Ontario’s Mental Health Act to apprehend the person and transport them to hospital for further psychiatric evaluation. This comprehensive team can provide assessment and effective response within the community. Further follow-up and assessments can be completed by the Transitional Case Manager (TCM). TCM has the ability to bridge pathways to services, assist in diversion from hospital and criminal justice system, create goals, and personalized care planning.
Currently there are eight Crisis Services Clinicians and eight officers trained to support the community as part of MCRRT. This unit operates 7 days a week from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Community Safety Officers
These officers will liaise with members of our community with regards to complaints of disturbances and criminal activity.
The officers will work closely with the Integrated Municipal Enforcement Team (IMET). The team includes enforcement agencies (Police, Fire, City By-law etc.) with the goal of locating neglected properties that are unsafe for tenants and community members and often hot spots for criminal activity and drug use. IMET will be supported by other partner agencies such as the housing commission, social services, Algoma Public Health etc. as needed.
They will have a major role in IMET as they will be assigned to liaise with community members and organizations in our community.