On The Care of Intoxicated Persons in Detention Who Have Not Committed a Criminal Act

Whereas all human beings have the right to life, liberty, safety, security of person, and fundamental justice;

Whereas the issue of the care of intoxicated persons in detention who have not committed a criminal act affects all of Saskatchewan;

Whereas the issue of the care of intoxicated persons in detention who have not committed a criminal act is a health issue;

Whereas the availability of facilities available in Saskatoon for intoxicated persons in detention who have not committed a criminal act is inadequate;

Whereas the incidence of self-admission to such facilities has been in excess of rates anticipated; 

Whereas usage of existing facilities far exceeds the rate of population growth of Saskatoon; and

Whereas this issue requires immediate attention;

Therefore, it is agreed that:

A consortium approach is to be adopted to address the issue, with the initiative being led by the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners, Saskatoon Health Region, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Saskatoon Tribal Council, and Saskatoon Police Service;

A leadership role is to be played by the Saskatoon partners who will provide a Saskatoon based pilot project for a province-wide solution;

Immediate actions are to be taken to address this important issue in a manner that best protects intoxicated persons who have not committed a criminal act but are being detained; and

Permanent solutions to the issue are to be developed concurrently for earliest possible implementation.

This Action Accord on "The Care of Intoxicated Person in Detention Who Have Not Committed a Criminal Act" is signed by the following as at June 28, 2011:

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