British Columbia Dispatcher Grapples With Guilt And Lack Of Support

The 2011 stabbing of Victoria police Const. Lane Douglas-Hunt dominated headlines as the case wound its way through the court system.

But the story that hasn’t been told is that of the police dispatcher who sent the 25-year-old officer to what came in as a routine shoplifting call at a downtown 7-Eleven on Jan. 17, 2011.

Tania McClelland said she blames herself for sending Douglas-Hunt into danger, and is on sick leave from the Victoria Police Department as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder.

McClelland’s injury claim to WorkSafe B.C. was initially denied, then accepted after a review. She said her request for a certified service dog to assist with her PTSD was denied and it took nine months for funding to be approved so McClelland could attend group therapy.

“I wish I had never come forward, it’s made it worse,” she said, a sign that the supports for workers with mental-health injuries are not yet there.

“All I know is that things have to change.”


Read more in Times Colonist.

Source: www.timescolonist.com


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