Improving police response to mental health crises

The majority of police shooting deaths in British Columbia involve individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Pivot is working with the families of victims to ensure that first responders are properly trained to de-escalate situations in order to reduce the number of negative, violent, and fatal interactions between police and people living with mental illness.

We are working alongside communities who have faced discriminatory interactions with the police, and advocating for an accountable system of policing that is responsive to the needs of marginalized communities. We are looking for opportunities to promote dialogue between communities and officers, and working to improve accountability and transparency, in order to reconcile and rebuild trust.