06/29/2011 08:42 EDT | Updated 08/29/2011 05:12 EDT

Saskatoon Police To Perform Health Check Upon Arrest

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- SASKATOON - A new agreement with Saskatoon police and the health region means that anyone who is arrested will be checked for a medical condition.

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and Saskatoon Tribal Council signed the deal Tuesday.

FSIN vice-chief Morley Watson says the reason for making this agreement stems from past incidents where people were arrested and in fact needed medical attention.

He thinks this will help improve relations between the police and aboriginal people.

Watson says the ultimate goal is to have a wellness centre where people can get medical help.