Chatham-Kent Police Service officials say they are proud to partner with Family Services Kent, who leads the FIRST Strategy of Chatham-Kent.
By collaborating with other local service providers, an early intervention is possible, thus hopefully reducing the need for more intensive and reactive responses such as hospitalization, arrests and apprehensions, police officials say.
“It would be difficult to overstate the value of FIRST Strategy,” stated Brad Davis, executive director of Family Services Kent, in a media release.
“Our partnership with the Chatham-Kent Police Service was founded upon a shared belief that the safety and wellbeing of our entire community is enhanced when we respond proactively to the needs of those who are most vulnerable.”
Davis added: “I’ve seen it in action. FIRST Strategy provides an effective way to bring community partners together quickly to mitigate risks, and produce a better outcome than might be possible otherwise. It is a ‘win-win’ for all involved.”
For more information about the FIRST Strategy, or to see a list of participating agencies, visit: http://ckfirst.ca/