A Coroner’s inquest jury has given 12 recommendations aiming to keep the mentally ill safe from police-involved deaths.
The jury was assembled following the passing of Rhett Mutch after he was shot by Victoria Police November 1, 2014 after a 9-1-1 call from his mother’s home.
It found the 20-year-old died from a gunshot wound to the neck and classified it as a suicide.
The recommendations were issued to multiple ministries.
- It recommended the Ministry of Health provide adequate funding to the Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team, so it can provide services 24/7.
- It issued two to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor general: That it ensure online re-training for Crisis Intervention and De-escalation is refreshed every two years, and to consider body-camera style audio or audio/visual devices are worn to supplement the review of events.
- Three were issued to the Ministry of Children and Family Development, suggesting there be fully supported transition plans from child to 19-plus children, that the Young Adult Program add Life Skill options with an option to renew every three months until age 25, and to maintain the continuation of same support workers as a child ages.
- All South Island Police departments were told to be made aware of and participate in care services after a critical incident.
- Prime BC (The police records management system) and Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Teams were told they should enter into a Memorandum of Understanding so that a record of attendance at a residence or complainant by a team is flagged.
- Island Health and Southern Vancouver Island police chiefs were requested to intervene early with appropriate Ministries and create a collaborative safety plan if a certain number of calls are made from a single source.
- The IIO and BC Association of Police Chiefs were asked to consider amending a Memorandum of Understandign between agencies to ensure police officers can debrief in a timely manner.
- Prime BC, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Children and Family Development are encouraged to create an MOU to provide access to information between all three industries.
- A recommendation that the Legal Aid Society of BC create a fee category for legal representation at a Coroners Inquest for the family of the deceased person.