Philipsburg, December 10th 2018
From: Chief Inspector R.V. HENSON
POLICE PRESS RELEASE
On Friday December 7th a male suspect identified with initials D.D. was arrested by police in connection with the ongoing armed robbery investigation at the former StarMart Gasoline Station in Cul-de-Sac which took place in the month of October of 2018. The suspect was taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where he remains in custody for questioning and further investigation.
Decomposed body has not ye been identified
The Police Department has no yet been able to positively identify the person whose decomposing body was found in a shack in the bushes behind the Emergency homes (911 Project) located in Union Farm area.
The body of the male victim was located by residents of that area on Saturday December 1st and as of yet has not yet been identified. According to the report the nick-name of the male victim is “So-So”. He is between the ages of 75 and 80 years old. The Police Department is asking family-members or anyone who is missing a family member form some time to get in contact with the department by calling 54-22222 ext. 208 or 211.
Mental Health Foundation and KPSM sign protocol
On Monday December 10th the Mental Health Foundation represented by Interim Director Mrs. Eileen Healy and the Chief of Police Carl John, in the presence of the police management team signed a protocol on how to structurally work together in the handling of a crisis in which mentally challenged persons are involved. The number of crisis of this kind has risen over the last few years and the need for some type of structure to deal with these situations is definitely a necessity. This protocol is written to safeguard the safety of that person and to make sure that these persons get the proper treatment and care he or she needs. The teams from the Mental Health Foundation and KPSM tasked with putting this protocol together have worked very hard and have met numerous times to discuss the document and getting it finalized. Words of congratulations and gratitude from Mrs. Eileen Healy and Carl John were expressed to both teams during the signing of the protocol.
The Minister of Justice who is totally aware of the progress that is taking place is extremely satisfied that both parties have finalized and introduced the protocol that will be utilized by MHF and KPSM. The minister stated that is of utmost importance that what is written on paper in this protocol is actually carried out in practice every day or when the need arises.
He also stated the following; Having experienced a crisis first-hand and how it was handled I am delighted to know that the cooperation between the two entities has strengthened. I am sure there is always room for improvement and I look forward to the expansion of this protocol with the ambulance department and any other institution as required. (See pic attached)