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Who to call?

 

If this is an emergency or a crime is being committed, call 911  

If you need assistance with an individual who appears to be street-involved*, vulnerable or suffering from mental health/addictions challenges please choose the appropriate action below:

  1. Call the Crisis Line: 613.544.4229 or 1.866.616.6005
    Monday-Friday, 8:00am-midnight
    Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, 8:00 am-8:00 pm

  2. If there is an issue with blocking of the sidewalk or excessive garbage cleanup
    Call 613-546-4291 Ext: 3135

    bylawenforcement@cityofkingston.ca

  3. Police Non-Emergency Line: 613-549-4660. Ask for an officer to attend. It might take them a while to get there, but it’s important that it’s documented as an incident.

  4. Report the incident online. Again, this is important and can be used if you don’t need an officer, but a crime was committed, or an incident occurred: https://www.coplogic.ca/dors/en/filing/submitreport?dynparam=1669698128927

Note: At any time while waiting for someone to attend, the situation escalates, call 911.

*Street Involved - describes both homeless and housed individuals who socialize in outdoor spaces and are frequently involved in activities that are viewed as problematic behaviours by others such as panhandling, public consumption of alcohol or other drugs, and hanging out in public spaces for long periods of time. Many times public perceptions of homelessness is not (exclusively) people experiencing homelessness at all, and instead are precariously or under-housed people that have their daily needs met in public spaces.

Resource: OBIAA Homelessness Response Toolkit

 


What you can expect: 

The crisis line may send a mobile outreach team to attend to the situation and will: 
      • Offer services and try to help the individual to accept services 
      • Help the individual understand why their behaviour or presence (in the instance when there are shopping carts, music, garbage, group of individuals) is not welcome, and provide them with choices 
      • Try to relocate the individual to an alternate location where their behaviour will be less disruptive to others 
      • Try to connect the individual with someone in social services that is familiar with them (in the case of mental health/addictions) 
  • If outreach is not successful in solving the disturbance or relocating the individual: 
    • YOU can contact Bylaw to attend if appropriate 
  • Police non-emergency staff will accept calls and dispatch officers to attend 
  • If it is not a life-threatening situation expectation should be that an officer will attend when they can. 
  • Note: At any time while waiting for someone to attend, the situation escalates, call 911.

  • Online reporting of a crime or incident that needs non-urgent police attention can be done here: https://www.kingstonpolice.ca/en/services-and-reporting/non-emergency-reporting.aspx  

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