The Ontario Provincial Police have today launched a mental health strategy aimed at meeting both the mental health needs of OPP members and the people they serve.
The strategy which is the result of in-depth research and extensive consultation with a wide variety of stakeholders, sets out 15 priorities for action.
Among them, the expansion of mental health education and training for officers, improved data collection and on-going program evaluation and the development of transfer of care protocols.
Commissioner Vince Hawkes said in a statement that accompanied the release that “by placing a high value on supporting the health and wellness of our own members, the OPP will be in the best possible position to deliver services to people in our communities with mental health issues.”
Provincial Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Yasir Naqvi has also expressed his support for the strategy, saying “our government believes that improving interactions between police and vulnerable individuals is vitally important and a key part of our Strategy for a Safer Ontario” adding that ”the OPP’s new Mental Health Strategy reflects that focus and I commend them for their work to increase opportunities for early intervention and improve outcomes for both OPP officers and the public they serve.”
A complete text of the Strategy, along with related materials, can be found on the OPP website.