The Kenora OPP are hoping a grant will help them get the Kenora Youth Crisis and Outreach Team off the ground.
The project would see a Kenora Chiefs Advisory worker join OPP officers on after hours patrols.
Detective Sergeant Jeff Duggan explains the purpose of the initiative.
“The Proceeds of Crime grant is going to take the mental health component and the social work component on the street,” Duggan says. “So it's going to take the agencies that work Monday to Friday, eight to four, put them in a police car after hours when the calls for service are. They'll respond to the calls for service, and also be responsible with all of the follow up.”
The concept would help alleviate a lack of after hour crisis response services available locally.
In addition to the 24 hours weekly Kenora Chiefs Advisory workers would spend on patrol, another eight hours will be dedicated to community outreach at local schools and child care services.
The application for the Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing grant will be sent in today and could provide up to $100,000.
Lake of the Woods District Hospital and FIREFLY are also partners in the project.
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