Meet Cst Josh Waltman, our new Mental Health Liaison Officer
2020-11-18 14:52 PST
File # 2020 Meet Constable Josh Waltman, our new Mental Health Liaison Officer
The Nanaimo RCMP would like to introduce Constable Joshua Waltman. Cst Waltman who has 12 years police service, has been selected as the Mental Health Liaison Officer for the detachment. He will be responsible for attending to mental health calls and facilitating a collaborative, consistent and coordinated approach, to address the needs of persons with mental illness in Nanaimo.
Constable Waltman brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from his previous post in Surrey, and will be of great assistance to our front line officers, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
While in Surrey, Cst Waltman worked the
beat as one of several officers assigned to the Surrey Outreach Team, tasked with patrolling the Whalley strip, home to many marginalized people. Their goal was not to arrest but to engage with the homeless, many of whom had mental health and or addiction issues. He got to know their names and stories, and assisted them in getting off the strip, in to housing, detox or recovery. He also received advanced training in Core Addiction Practices which assisted him in doing this.
As the Mental Health Liaison, Cst Waltman will work in partnership with a variety of municipal, provincial and federal partners. On most days, he will not be in a traditional police uniform and but in regular street clothes.
Our front line officers are overtasked, I hope to alleviate some of the pressures they face as mental health calls can be challenging and often time consuming. I also hope to connect with many of our high risk individuals, and in doing so, provide continuity and familiarity for them. Developing these kinds of relationships was the recipe for our success in Surrey. I hope to see similar successes here, said Constable Waltman.
To connect with Cst Waltman, please feel free to contact him at Joshua.firstname.lastname@example.org
Cst. Gary O'BrienMedia Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
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