Task force targets family violence

official designation of the North Thompson Inter-Agency Case Assessment Team

Sgt. Kevin Podbisky of Clearwater RCMP

A number of agencies in the North Thompson Valley are working together to help prevent another incident such as the death of Angila Wilson.

The Clearwater mother of three was found dead in her home in April of 2014. Her husband had been charged with first degree murder in her death.

Sgt. Kevin Podbisky of Clearwater RCMP detachment reported that last December, the Clearwater and Barriere RCMP detachments, Victim Services, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Probation Services and Yellowhead Community Services came together to work toward a comprehensive safety assessment and planning process to respond to “highest risk” domestic violence cases.

“As a result of hard work and months of planning, we are pleased to report the official designation of the North Thompson Inter-Agency Case Assessment Team (NT ICAT),” he said.

Podbisky included information about NT ICAT in his regular report to Clearwater town council on Sept. 8.

“It’s sad that we have to have this,” he said, “but a lot of detachments are picking up on it. I think this is going to be a good model to use.”

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