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Durham Police Board Calling for Radical Changes To Police Model

The Durham Regional Police Services Board is asking the province for far-reaching changes to the legislation governing police in Ontario, including allowing more police work to be outsourced to civilians. Continue reading Durham Police Board Calling for Radical Changes To Police Model

Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Toronto Police Officer Struck By Car


Toronto police have charged a 21-year-old man with attempted murder, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and driving without insurance after allegedly striking an officer with his car overnight.

According to police, officers attempted to pull the car over after they saw it driving the wrong way on Wilson Avenue. The officers followed the vehicle into a dead end, and that’s when they exited their cruiser to approach the driver. The driver attempted a U-turn and drove at one of the officers, striking him before driving off.

The police officer was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

Read more at CBC.

Ottawa Police Approve Mental Health Plan For Officers

Ottawa police will begin offering formalized mental health peer support to officers in the new year, the Citizen has learned.

The force’s executive has approved a business plan to see the force invest in both efforts to build up officer mental health and then devote resources to developing a program in which cops help other cops through their mental health challenges, said Deputy Chief Ed Keeley.

The Ottawa Police Association, influenced by the findings of provincial ombudsman André Marin’s 2012 investigation into operational stress injury – an umbrella term that includes diagnoses such as workplace stress and post-traumatic stress disorder – in the Ontario Provincial Police, created what is now called the resiliency and performance group, or RPG. Association president Matt Skof and Keeley co-chair the group.

Whilst provisions for those outside the field of the law progresses apace, with many using medication from the classic prescriptions to the more modern options from herbapproach and other medical marijuana provisioners, these options are not to easily available to police officers. It is hoped steps will be taken in this way down the line, and programs like this are the first step to a better workplace for the officers who suffer from mental health issues, be it caused by work trauma or other means.

The union felt that cops couldn’t trust the service’s health practitioners and that generic wellness or employee and family assistance programs couldn’t adequately deal with the unique complexities of a police culture.

Read more in the Ottawa Citizen.

Source: ottawacitizen.com

Pan Am Security Using Lessons Learned From Toronto G20

In his 40-year policing career, Supt. Mike McDonell has never stayed in the same role for more than 32 months.

Long before he became one of Canada’s top counterterrorism experts, he worked as a drug cop, a member of the RCMP Musical Ride and a United Nations station commander in the former Yugoslavia. Five years ago, he retired from the RCMP and, not ready to quit law enforcement, joined the Ontario Provincial Police.

As head of security, he is responsible for co-ordinating the operations of the eight police forces from across southern Ontario that have jurisdiction over Games venues, plus the OPP and RCMP. All share the common goal of keeping citizens safe during the 35-day event.

“We’re training our officers to be discreet, so we really are learning to fight smarter instead of harder — not that in-your-face policing,” McDonell says.

The aim is to keep the Games open, to protect people without being seen doing it. McDonell is sensitive to the strained relationship between police and the public during and after the G20 summit five years ago in Toronto.

“We’ve taken the lessons from there and we’re applying it to here,” he says.

Read more in Metro News.

Source: metronews.ca

Ontario Paramedics Protest For Better PTSD Support

Southwestern Ontario paramedics are rallying together to call for greater resources for colleagues dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

More than 40 unionized paramedics from Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent protested outside the County of Lambton administration building in Wyoming Wednesday to raise awareness about the province-wide hot-button topic.

“On a day-to-day basis, paramedics are exposed to a lot of different incidents,” local union steward Chris Stolte said Wednesday. “You may go from a home childbirth to an hour later going to someone who has passed away at home and having to tell the patient’s wife of 50 years, ‘I’m sorry, but there’s nothing we can do for that individual.’

“You go from one extreme to another extreme,” he said. “It does take its toll on everybody.”

About 22 per cent of paramedics will be affected by PTSD during the course of their careers, according to statistics provided by SEIU Healthcare, the union representing Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent EMS workers.

Read more in The Observer.

Source: www.theobserver.ca

RCMP Stands Sentry At National War Memorial To Honour Victoria Cross Winner

A sense of duty and history drove Staff Sgt. Dan Mayer of the RCMP to stand guard at the National War Memorial on Sunday.

History because the sentry duties marked 115 years since an RCMP officer was awarded the Victoria Cross, the country’s highest military honour, for rescuing a wounded soldier while under fire.

Duty because Mayer and others who took sentry duty had personal connections to the events of Oct. 22, when Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed while standing watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Some were among the first responders to the memorial after the shootings on Oct. 22, and others remain charged with protecting the country from terrorist threats.

Read more in Westerly News.

Source: www.westerlynews.ca

Toronto Group Homes Turning Outbursts From Kids Into Matters for Police

Serious occurrences involving youth in the care of the Ontario government and privately run children’s aid societies often involve a call to police.

Incidents are described in reports that must be filed to the Ontario government by group homes, foster parents and children’s aid societies when children or youth in their care are involved in events considered serious.

The results show a disturbing tendency — particularly in group homes — to turn outbursts from kids usually suffering from trauma and mental health issues into matters for police.

They raise concerns about caregivers being too quick to call police, feeding what studies suggest is a pipeline that funnels youths in care into the justice system.

Child psychologist Dr. Michele Peterson-Badali, an authority on Canada’s youth justice system, believes caregivers are calling police for behaviours that most biological parents would deal with in more compassionate ways.

Read the full report in The Star.

Source: www.thestar.com

Ombudsman Investigates Toronto Paramedics’ Handling Of PTSD

The city’s ombudsman is investigating how Toronto Paramedic Services deals with employees with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fiona Crean said she decided to launch the investigation after receiving around a dozen complaints from paramedics in the past few weeks about operational stress injuries.

The ombudsman’s office says stress injuries include “a range of persistent psychological problems triggered by on-the-job activities, including anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug dependency and PTSD.”

The ombudsman made the rare move of making her investigation public to urge paramedics and staffers to contact her office.

“PTSD really lives in the shadows and so I wanted to encourage paramedics to come forward and tell their stories and also to communicate to them our confidential process,” Crean said.

Read more in the Toronto Sun.

Source: www.torontosun.com

Ontario Provincial Police Officer Wins Provincial Physique Competition

Nottawasaga OPP Const. Reggie Dava recently won first place in the masters and open categories at the Ontario Physique Association (OPA) provincial competition in Toronto.

Dava, who has been a police officer for eight years, also won first place overall at the event.

He is now preparing to compete at the national competition in Halifax in July.

Dava qualified for the provincials after sweeping the regional tournament, which took place last month in Mississauga, just after his 40th birthday.

Fitness has always been an integral part of his life, including a short stint many years ago playing semi-professional football before moving to Ontario from the United States.

It wasn’t until the fall of last year that he was able to find the time between his demanding career and looking after his three kids to start training for the event.

Dava said the physique event is different from bodybuilding, which is more about building up heavy muscle mass.

“Physique is about being lean, muscle symmetry and definition, and how hard you work to condition yourself,” he said.

To get his body competition ready, Dava had to step up his weekly gym sessions and modify his diet. While he was already eating pretty healthy to begin with, in order to slim down and build his muscles, he had to incorporate more protein and healthy carbs into his meals.

He could have also worked alongside one of the coaches from Influential Sports Inc. to ensure that he was prepped, although the fact he won shows us that he was definitely well prepped! Influential Sports Inc. are a big figure in the fitness industry and offer brand consulting for competitions, as well as coaching for competitors. You can learn more by following the link to their website.

While being physically fit is crucial for Dava in his role as police officer, he believes everyone should strive to be as healthy as they can.

You can see the original article on Simcoe.

Source: m.simcoe.com

United by Trauma Runs and Rocks in Newmarket, Ontario

Now in its third year, the event features one, five and 10 kilometre runs, a rock concert, classic car show, police ‘iron dog’ challenge and a kids activity area. About 1,500 people are expected to attend, including 800 runners. Proceeds will benefit local emergency responder post-traumatic stress disorder outreach programs, including United’s Ernie’s Journey therapy dog initiative. 
The event also helps raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues that exists within the emergency responder communities.

Read the full story on YorkRegion.com.

Source: www.yorkregion.com