For Immediate release:

Hamilton Police and Concerned Citizen Team up to Assist a Vulnerable Person

Hamilton Police Officers responded to a disturbance involving a vulnerable male who was away from his residence and had lost his shovel. He was returned to his home and as a gesture of kindness officers purchased a shovel and gave it to him as a gift.

On Saturday, February 10, 2018 shortly after 1:30 p.m. police responded to a disturbance in the area of 140 Centennial Parkway North, Hamilton. A 49-year-old male from Hamilton, who was developmentally delayed and hearing impaired had taken a shovel belonging to a local establishment. He lost his earlier in the day and believed this one belonged to him. The male used the shovel to clear the sidewalk and when finished he proceeded to walk away with it as he was confronted by an employee. The situation escalated and police were called. Attempts to communicate with the male were made by police and a concerned citizen who was passing by and knew sign language. Unfortunately, due to his impairments and the tension created by the original altercation, communication was impossible.  

Eventually, police were able to establish the male’s residence. He was transported to the location and turned over to his brother for care.

After evaluating the incident in its totality the officers attended a local department store and purchased a shovel for the male. He was presented with the shovel as a gesture of good will.  

His information has been forwarded to the HPS Senior Support Branch as a Vulnerable Person in order to connect him with a social support system.   

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