The OPP says mental health is an important issue for the communities they serve, as well as their officers. Commissioner Vince Hawkes notes officers are getting training on how to de-escalate situations, as well as look after themselves.
Ontario's police association says one in six of their calls deals with mental health. This compares with one in 20 just a few years ago.
According to the Kenora detachment of the OPP’s financial report, the City of Kenora will be paying more for police services in 2018.
Costs for 2017 are projected to come in at roughly $5,684,673. Costs for 2018 are expected to reach a total of $5,729,785, an increase of more than $45,000. Costs for 2015 were estimated at $6,464,472.
The OPP's billing model was changed in 2015. The new formula is based on per-household, as well as calls for service. Kenora ratepayers are hoping to see a reduction in policing costs, spread over a five-year period.