If my work schedule permits, I’ll be participating in Wednesday night’s weekly crime panel on Alberta Primetime.
This week’s scheduled topics include:
- Programs in Calgary and Edmonton designed to divert mentally ill offenders accused of minor, non-violent crimes out of the justice system and into the mental health system instead. In Calgary’s case, the provincial government announced earlier this month that it will put $2.54 million over three years toward the initiative in this city, called PACT (Police and Crisis Teams), which pairs uniformed police officers and mental health workers.
- There have been more than a dozen traffic deaths in Alberta this month allegedly caused by impaired drivers. Why, despite all the enforcement efforts and public education programs, aren’t people getting the message? What else — if anything — can authorities try to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related fatalities on our roads?
(Alberta Primetime airs live at 7 p.m. MDT on Access TV: Channel 13 in Calgary; Channel 351 on Bell TV; Channel 267 on Shaw Direct/Star Choice.)