Indigenous people, young Canadians less likely to have favourable view of police: poll – Global News – 2020-10-09

Canadians have a largely favourable view of police in their communities but Indigenous people, members of visible minority groups and younger Canadians are more likely to have had bad experiences and to feel threatened in the presence of police, a new poll suggests. Seventy-seven per cent of Caucasian respondents to the Angus Reid Institute survey … Read more

London Police Services Board votes to relocate funds to create crisis outreach support team – Global News – 2020-09-18

The London Police Services Board (LPSB) has voted in favour of creating a crisis outreach and support team to minimize police use of force during mental health calls on Thursday. The motion from Police Chief Steve Williams would see four specialized officers team up with local mental health workers to respond to some of the … Read more

Toronto police officer wearing ‘Punisher’ skull patch on uniform faces disciplinary action – Global News – 2020-09-08

A Toronto police officer wearing a controversial patch on their uniform while at a traffic safety news conference is facing discipline by the service, prompting community members to speak out online in response to the image. The patch was seen on the officer’s vest by Toronto Star reporter Ben Spurr Tuesday morning and a picture … Read more

This Toronto Crisis Team Has Handled Mental Health Calls Without Cops for 30 Years – Vice.com – 2020-08-19

At her lowest point, Kaola Baird felt like she was living two lives. Things probably seemed fine from the outside: She had a circle of friends, an apartment, and was holding down a job in retail and as a fitness instructor. But she was also wrestling severe depression and anxiety that stemmed from the trauma … Read more

Police chiefs embrace health-led response to dealing with people in mental crisis – CBC News – 2020-08-14

Police chiefs say they support closer collaboration with crisis workers to help prevent tragedies when their officers confront people dealing with mental-health issues. Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah says sending two police officers to such calls allows only the option of transporting the person in need to a hospital. He told MPs on the … Read more

Dozens of organizations condemn OPP for no charges laid in the death of a mentally ill man – CBC News – 2020-08-14

More than 60 groups including legal, mental health advocacy and faith-based organizations across Canada have issued statements condemning the Ontario Provincial Police’s decision this month not to lay charges in the death of Soleiman Faqiri. Faqiri, 30, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, was found shackled, face-down on a jail cell floor in handcuffs with a … Read more

Hamilton police chief open to other agencies responding to mental health, addictions calls – CBC News – 2020-07-25

After weeks of public outcry for police reform, Hamliton’s police chief says, despite some reservations, he’s open to allowing community agencies to respond to service calls related to mental health and addictions issues. Those comments came during a Hamilton Police Services Board meeting on Thursday, about 90 minutes after Black Lives Matter activists painted “DEFUND … Read more

Re-imagined Policing Helps Protect Those With Mental Illness – Psychology Today – 2020-07-23

As activists continue to push municipalities to defund or unbundle the police, questioning why law enforcement is tasked with responsibilities well beyond enforcing the law, our society can benefit from contemplating how to change the way we respond to individuals experiencing mental health crises. It’s time. Our system of response has long been to call … Read more