PETERS – Why the NDP government isn’t keen on expanding the Car 40 program

(Image: CJC Today)

FOR YEARS, KAMLOOPS COUNCIL and our local RCMP detachment have been begging for the expansion of the Car 40 program.

It pairs an RCMP member with an Interior Health mental health nurse, forming a team that is best equipped to respond to mental health and substance use calls in which public safety may be a concern.

The program has a history of success in Kamloops — so much so that council and the detachment have set aside funding and resources to start up a second team.

The sticking point has always come with IH who, despite repeated requests, has failed to approve a second nurse for the program.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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