Train Canadian police-officers to interact safely with mental health patients

Train Canadian police-officers to interact safely with mental health patients

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Stephanie Lane started this petition to Chris Harkens (Ontario Provincial Police, Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations)

A CBC analysis reveals that 70% of victims who were assaulted or killed by Canadian police suffered from mental illnesses or substance abuse. Police officers need to be adequately trained on how to handle these situations where they come in contact with a person suffering from mental health or substance abuse. Officers should be able to calm themselves and the other person down to ensure that everyone leaves safely. No officer's first instinct should be to use their gun. In recent news, the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet sparked conversation considering the Toronto police force. In June 2020, Korchinski-Paquet's mother called the Toronto police force to escort her to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health since she was in the midst of a mental health crisis. Following the police's arrival, it is said that Korchinski-Paquet felt intimidated and fearful of the police and felt that her only option was the escape via her balcony. She eventually fell from her 24 storeys high balcony as she allegedly tried to climb onto the balcony next to hers. This event is one example of many where police officers had been unable to handle a person suffering from a mental illness, leading to an avoidable death. Suppose the officers had proper training on dealing with a person who is suffering from a mental health crisis. In that case, this whole event could have been avoidable.

Regis Korchinski-Paquet Case

CBC News 'deadly force'

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