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North Delta Crime Beat: Delta Police respond to several mental health calls

The following are some of the calls Delta police responded to in the previous week
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Files of interest for the past week from Delta Police.

The purpose of the Crime Beat is to educate and inform the public about some of the property crime trends occurring in North Delta and other files of interest.

If you see anything occurring that you believe to be suspicious, call 911 for in-progress crimes and emergencies or 604-946-4411 for other assistance.

The following are some of the calls Delta police responded to in the previous week:

Jan. 2, 12:30 p.m., 11600 Block of 94A Avenue: Police were dispatched to a late report of theft from auto after a homeowner noted their vehicle had been broken into over the holidays. The vehicle had not been driven, yet the center console and glove box were left open. A reminder for the New Year to not leave any valuable items in your vehicles, and to always lock your doors.

Jan. 3, 12:50 p.m., 8800 Block of 119 Street: Police conducted a traffic stop to check for sobriety after observing a vehicle enter a parking lot. While identifying the driver, police noted the distinct odour of liquor, and read them the breath demand. The driver subsequently provided a sample of “FAIL” and was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) and mandatory 30-day vehicle impoundment.

Jan. 6, 8:42 p.m., location withheld: Police were dispatched to a person in distress, and upon arrival, found a youth exhibiting suicidal ideation and struggling with family to obtain a weapon. Police were able to de-escalate the situation enough to apprehend the youth under the Mental Health Act, and transport them to hospital to receive the care they needed.

Jan. 7, 7:45 a.m., 8800 Block of 115 Street: Police were dispatched to a reported stolen vehicle after a homeowner reported leaving their vehicle idling in their driveway to warm up. Upon return outside, the vehicle was gone. File under investigation.

Jan. 8, 11:53 a.m., location withheld: Police were dispatched to assist with a person in distress who had not been taking their prescribed medication. Police were advised that family were concerned for the individual’s deteriorating mental health, and the individual agreed to seek the appropriate care, opting to go with EHS voluntarily to the hospital.

Jan. 8, 7:48 p.m., 104 Street: A Delta Police Community Safety Officer (CSO) located a vehicle, which had recently been broadcast to all Metro Vancouver police as belonging to a suicidal person from another city. Police attended and, alongside the CSO, spoke to the driver who was cooperative. Police subsequently apprehended the driver under the Mental Health Act, and transported them to a hospital in another jurisdiction to receive the care they needed with the assistance of an awaiting officer from that city.

***Police are urging everyone to be attentive to their own mental health, as well as that of their family, friends, and colleagues. To anyone experiencing a mental health crisis, you can always call 911 and ask for assistance, or call 1-800-SUICIDE, the BC Crisis Line (310-6789), or Kid’s Help Phone (1-800-668-6868).