OPC introduces mental health training course


The Ontario Police College has introduced a new course that provides police recruits with mental health training. The 18-hour course was designed in response to the 2018 Iacobucci Report and uses a trauma-informed approach that is focused on building trust. It includes scenario-based training using a virtual reality platform and actors, which gives students the opportunity to watch scenarios that are not optimal, deconstruct what happened, generate alternative solutions, and then apply the techniques within a simulated environment. Simon Fraser University Professor Curt Taylor Griffiths questioned the priorities of the course and whether the curriculum effectively prepares officers for the realities they will face in the field.

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