Mounting deaths stemming from police wellness checks a ‘wake-up call,’ says Senator

The deaths represent an “inappropriate use of force in mental health situations,” he said, and are a “tragic result” and product of decades of lack of investment.

Training for officers needs to be “overhauled,” said Mr. Davies, his party’s health critic, who said he wants police removed from the front lines when it comes to wellness checks that could be done by someone else.

“A number of the issues that we’re asking police to intervene in are more properly identified and handled as health care or even social issues as opposed to criminal ones,” he said, calling for upstream investment.

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