Nurses and physicians have steadily reminded us about the impact of poverty on our bodies, minds and communities. Social workers, too. Now we have commentary from a chief of police for an Ontario community that is part of a pilot policy project designed to guard citizens against poverty. Chief Hagerty’s work week in Lindsay (population 20,354 in 2011) no doubt involves more than a few metrics related to general community welfare. His officers are called to all manner of things from petty thefts to serious domestic violence. They also see something of the effects of substance abuse and mental health difficulties on the community. With such a picture in front of him it isn’t really surprising that Chief Hagerty has positive, constructive words for something that could increase the stability and wellbeing of the place he has responsibility for.
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